Row Deepens as South Sudan President Salva Kiir Sacks Ministers Loyal to Riek Machar

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A presidential order broadcast on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) says president Salva Kiir has sacked four armed opposition ministers suspected of loyalty to the former vice president, Riek Machar.

Local media reported that the ministers have been replaced by others loyal to the new First Vice president Taban Deng Gai.

The removed are Mary Alfonse Nadio Lodira, Mabior Garang, Dak Duop Bishok and Peter Adwok Nyaba.

The newly appointed officials, according to the presidential decree, were appointed on the basis of recommendations from the armed opposition leadership allied to the first vice president.

The sacking of the ministers deepens row between South Sudan president and opposition leader Riek Machar.

Fresh fighting has been reported in areas near juba and has sent residents to panic. At least nine people were killed over the weekend when the both forces clashed in an ambush in Lainya county in Central Equatorial state.

“The government forces attacked our position but our forces, the SPLA-IO, managed to gain back control of the area called Magila, which is between Wonduroba and Katigerre,” Nyarji Jermlili Roman, the deputy spokesman for Machar said.

President Kiir also relieved 50 MPs appointed by Machar, replacing them with the ones Gai nominated.

Parliament is expected to hold it first sitting on Thursday to formally select the new speaker for the transitional national legislative assembly according to reports

Credit: Sudan Tribune