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South Sudan

Salva Kiir Mayardit

Date of Birth: 1951
Place of Birth: Bahr el Ghazal


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Raiders hit Gambella

The events are also a product of the unrest and uncertainty caused by President Salva Kiir Mayardit dividing South Sudan into 28 states defined mainly by ethnicity (see Box New states exacerbate tensions)...

New states exacerbate tensions The 28 new regions which President Salva Kiir Mayardit for South Sudan in October have divided the country into ethnic areas leading to tension uncertainty and violence (AC Vol 56 No 21 New maps no peace)...

He was clear about his opposition to President Salva Kiir Mayardit's division of the country into 28 states (see Box New states exacerbate tensions)...


The fight moves south

Under threat of sanctions President Salva Kiir Mayardit reappointed his old rival Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon as First Vice-President on 11 February but the two sides are still far apart on substantive issues and other appointments...

Last April Salva Kiir ordered Dinka and Mundari pastoralists in Central and Western Equatoria to return to their home areas to protect crops from their cattle...


Peace deal stalls again

Despite damning reports from the United Nations and African Union and threats of action against those seen as obstructing a peace deal there is not enough political will to pressure President Salva Kiir Mayardit to rescind his unilateral division of the country into 28 states (AC Vol 56 No 21 New maps no peace)...

' It blames Salva Kiir and a 'narrow circle of senior individuals in the military and security services' for 'waging an aggressive war involving the targeting of civilians and extensive destruction of communities'...

Salva Kiir increasingly relies on a few close supporters from his own Greater Bahr el Ghazal region especially members of the Jieng Council of Elders a self-appointed group of Dinka grandees and elder statesmen led by ex-Chief Justice Ambrose Riiny Thiik and a Sudanese ex-Deputy Premier under El Sadig el Mahdi Aldo Ajou Deng Akuei (AC Vol 46 No 10 Running the South & Vol 43 No 5 'Making politics and war together')...


An implausible government

SHRINKING BASEPresident Salva Kiir Mayardit's government shows little willingness to implement most of the agreement and his economic base is shrinking fast...

Many of the generals are sometimes illiterate militia leaders promoted on condition that they would integrate into the government army under Salva Kiir's 'big tent' policy and who then again jumped ship...


Minority report

Their findings are likely to undermine further the credibility of President Salva Kiir Mayardit's government just as it announces a security deal in the capital with rebel forces led by sacked Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon...


New maps, no peace

President Salva Kiir Mayardit had previously opposed decentralisation which his rival Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon had wanted IGAD complained...


The latest last-minute deal

After days of doubt President Salva Kiir Mayardit signed the agreement in Juba on 26 August...

IGAD pressured Salva Kiir by sending Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Sudan's First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to Juba beforehand...


Regional rivalries surface among peace-makers

Kampala's hands-on support for South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit is causing a rift in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development which has been mediating in the negotiations...

This followed the embattled President Salva Kiir Mayardit's last- minute refusal on 13 August to sign the compromise peace agreement drawn up by IGAD (AC Vol 56 No 17 Politicians undermine new peace deal)...

In the previous week Museveni had invited members of the 'frontline states' (Ethiopia Kenya Sudan and Uganda) to a mini-summit in Entebbe where he assured Salva Kiir that several provisions of the draft agreement that he found unacceptable would be changed...


Concessions and complications in the IGAD deal

The peace agreement signed by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) and the Former Detainees on 17 August and which President Salva Kiir Mayardit signed on 26 August made concessions to both sides but key details were left for further negotiation...


Politicians undermine new peace deal

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the nominal leader of rebel forces Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon were due to meet for face­-to-face talks on 13 August in Addis Ababa before the 17 August 'final deadline' declared by the mediator the Inter­-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)...

Witnesses interviewed by the Commission reported that Salva Kiir's Chief of Staff had recruited and trained a loyal force of thousands of irregulars from two districts of Northern Bahr el Ghazal where he had been Governor...

In April 2011 he issued the ‘Mayom declaration' pledging to bring down Salva Kiir's single­-party state and replace it with a broad­-based government...

Many now think Salva Kiir and Riek discredited as self­serving politicians sacrificing the stability of the country to their own ambition...

Amid concern about his health Salva Kiir's rule in the lead up to the outbreak of war in December 2013 was marked by growing autocracy and the influence of a hardline group around him (AC Vol 54 No 17 Powers of separation)...

How much President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his former Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon are listening is another matter but many of their followers (or former followers) certainly are...


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