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South Sudan

Salva Kiir Mayardit

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


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Deal or no deal?

Insiders are sceptical the deal will hold, especially after President Salva Kiir Mayardit refused to shake hands on it with arch-rival Riek Machar at the signing...


Sanctions and splits

Another routine foreign ministry attack on the Troika (the United Kingdom, United States and Norway) followed its forlorn effort to persuade President Salva Kiir Mayardit to veto his parliament's decision to extend the government's term by three years...

One of the main reasons for the failure of the 2015 deal was that when the document was presented to Salva Kiir for signature, he crossed out numerous clauses that he didn't like, leaving plenty of room for future disagreement...

The only opponent to stand against Salva Kiir Mayardit in the 2010 presidential election...


Scuttle diplomacy

The previous talks ended when President Salva Kiir and the Juba delegation insisted that Machar have no further role in the process – much to the chagrin of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who had organised their face-to-face meeting, complete with the awkward but obligatory group hug...


Jobs for Raila's boys

Odinga's reward is to be Kenya's special envoy to African trouble spots; hence his meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in Juba on 25 May, followed by discussions with rebel leader Riek Machar in South Africa on 8 June...


Splits and special pleas

In April, the unity of President Salva Kiir Mayardit's Dinka-dominated alliance fractured further when his former army chief Paul Malong Awan announced the formation of yet another opposition movement, the South Sudan United Front...


Salva's bunker mentality

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has tightened his control over key finance and security posts by appointing loyalists from his home region...


Cycle of broken deals

Scarcely a day later it was back to business as usual, as offensives were launched by both sides and a beleaguered President Salva Kiir Mayardit demanded that diplomats and journalists cease publishing 'negative' reports...


Low expectations for peace talks

The Forum, organised by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), is supposed to resurrect the peace pact that President Salva Kiir Mayardit and rebel leader Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon signed in 2015, but which collapsed spectacularly last July when Riek was forced out of the country amid heavy bloodshed (AC Vol 57 No 17, Pax Salvatica)...


No let-up in southern fighting

In early 2016, tensions grew between Cirillo and President Salva Kiir over the grabbing of Bari land – including land where Cirillo's own family is buried – by Dinka officers and cattle-herders under the command of SPLA head of ground forces and former head of Salva's personal guard, Marial Chanuong, a UN sanctions-listed Dinka from Lakes State...


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