SouthSudan’sPresident Salva Kiir has sacked Army commander Marial Chanuong Yol and Finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau.
He was blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2015 for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the onset of war in December 2013 against members of the the Nuer ethnic group.
Mr Dau was appointed Finance minister in 2016, with the hope of improving South Sudan’s straining economy. However, the economy of the young nation has never been stable, especially since the 2015 devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound.
Former technical advisor at the Ministry of Trade Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, was named the new Finance minister.
South Sudan attained independence in 2011 following a referendum whose outcome favoured the separation from Sudan with than 98 per cent approval.
The current phase of the South Sudan war has claimed more than 100,000 lives, according to the International Crisis Group.
Over 2 million South Sudanese have become refugees in neighbouring countries and another 1.9 million others remain internally displaced, according to the UN.
The war has also caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises after the Rwanda 1994 genocide, the UN added.
Multiple human rights abuses have also been documented by various groups.
Newer news items:
- UN set to threaten arms embargo on South Sudan - 14/03/2018
- South Sudan: UN Mission must boost efforts to protect civilians amid ongoing violence - 14/03/2018
- South Sudan: MSF’s newest project takes medical care to remote locations - 13/03/2018
- UN appeals for urgent aid as millions face starvation in South Sudan - 13/03/2018
- Justice for atrocities in South Sudan just a signature away: U.N. investigator - 13/03/2018
Older news items:
- South Sudan president fires finance minister, no reason given - 13/03/2018
- South Sudanese farm founded by Londoners survives ongoing war - 12/03/2018
- South Sudan calls on Egypt to support peace negotiations with opposition - 12/03/2018
- Egypt's foreign minister in South Sudan to boost relations - 12/03/2018
- South Sudan: Humanitarian Access Snapshot (February 2018) - 12/03/2018
Popular news items:
- No oil in troubled waters - 25/03/2014 - Read 18686 times
- Former Lost Boy Gives Back to South Sudan - Care2.com (blog) - 31/05/2012 - Read 14039 times
- School exam results in South Sudan show decline - Bikya Masr - 01/04/2012 - Read 13757 times
- NDSU student from South Sudan receives scholarship - In-Forum - 29/09/2012 - Read 13364 times
- With prisons full, South Sudan to introduce mobile courts to clear backlog of ... - Washington Post - 11/10/2012 - Read 11332 times