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In a sudden and sweeping military reshuffle, President Salva Kiir Mayardit retired six deputy chiefs of general staff and 29 major generals by decree on 21 January. The idea is to transform the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) from a guerrilla force into a professional national army and renew the high command. It might also ease some of the government’s internal difficulties. Jok Madut Jok’s Sudd Institute said the move was received with ‘cautious excitement’. However, the sacking of the elected Lakes State Governor, Chol Tong Mayay, may have breached the constitution.

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Salva Kiir Mayardit, Jok Madut Jok, Chol Tong Mayay, James Hoth Mai, Paulino Matiep Nhial, Pieng Deng Kuol, Obuto Mamur Mete, Biar Atem Ajang, Ayuen Alier Jongroor, Wilson Deng Kuoirot, Kuol Diem Kuol, Thomas Cirillo Swaka, Britain, James Ajongo Mawut, Malek Ruben Riak, Malual Ayom Dor, Mangar Buong Aluenge, Chol Thon Balok, Gabriel Jok Riak, Johnson Gony Biliu, Charles Lam Chol, Acuil Tito Madut, Nigerians, Kuol Manyang Juuk, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chol Awuol, Africa Confidential, agbada

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