South Sudan leader appoints regional governors

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has appointed governors for eight of the country’s 10 regional states after sharing them out with his former rival, now the country’s vice-president, Riek Machar.
The president also appointed superintendents for three administrative areas.
The two leaders had two weeks ago ended a stalemate over control of the regional states which had been a sticking point in the transitional unity government formed in February.
President Kiir’s camp was allocated six states – which include the capital city, Juba – while Mr Machar’s camp was allocated three states that include the major oil-producing Upper Nile state.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance was allocated Jonglei state.
Leaders of each camp nominated governors for appointment by the president.
The governors for Upper Nile state and Jonglei state have been nominated due disagreements in the respective camps.
Of the eight appointed governors, only one is woman, Sarah Cleto Rial, a South Sudanese – American citizen based in United States. She will be the governor for western Bahr El-Ghazal state.

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