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South Sudan

Salva Kiir Mayardit

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


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Salva and Riek in the dock

An investigation by a United Nations Panel of Experts (PoE), still unpublished, is uncharacteristically forthright in its criticism, particularly of the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit...

One of the PoE's most damaging findings is that statements by Salva Kiir, ministers such as Michael Makuei, and the Jieng (Dinka) Council of Elders, led by former Chief Justice Ambrose Riiny Thiik and Joshua Dau Diu, have 'consistently displayed hostility toward the UN and misrepresented its work and intentions'...


Pax Salvatica

Most international organisations planning the new force are reluctant to grant the concessions demanded by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his supporters...


Riek rival boosts Salva

Supporters of President Salva Kiir Mayardit see it as a stroke of genius...

There was 'no deal' between Salva Kiir and Taban Deng, Presidential Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Africa Confidential but he admitted that he didn't know which IO body had nominated Taban and that it was none of his concern...

The warm body-language between Taban and President Salva Kiir Mayardit contrasts with the frostiness between Salva and Riek...


Finally, the AU moves in

African leaders' plans to send a rapid intervention force to South Sudan to boost security and protect civilians will put them on a collision course with the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit...

However, the powerful security services may have scored an own goal by arresting the godfather of local journalism, former BBC Sudan correspondent Alfred Taban Logune, for calling on both key protagonists, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, to stand down for the sake of the nation...


Cracks widen in peace deal

As fresh fighting rages in Bahr el Ghazal, United States' officials are discussing sanctions on the country's two main leaders – President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon – for failing to implement the peace agreement they signed last August...

The next day, Wau, a major garrison in the north-west and capital of the former Bahr el Ghazal Region, was in turmoil as government forces and allied militias launched the latest strike in General Salva Kiir's counter-insurgency campaign...

Salva Kiir's government and Riek Machar's Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), which is technically now part of the government but in practice still very separate, offered starkly different accounts...


Assassins and arrow boys

The next day, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon and VP James Wani Igga failed to show at a pre-arranged peace meeting organised by the main reconciliation bodies, the churches (AC Vol 57 No 10, Power without responsibility)...

Yei, a major SPLA garrison from 1997, has long provided refuge for people from Bahr el Ghazal, Salva Kiir's homeland...


Power without responsibility

South Sudan's new post-civil war government, the Transitional Government of National Unity, looks like a return to the status quo ante, before over two years of ruthless fighting erupted in December 2013 between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Vice-President, Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon...

Salva Kiir objects to many provisions of ARCISS, refusing to sign without numerous handwritten reservations...

The old guard picks up the pieces August's peace agreement gives the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) 16 posts from President Salva Kiir Mayardit's Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Government, ten from Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon's SPLM-In-Opposition (SPLM-IO), two Former Detainees (FD) and two from Other Political Parties (OPP)...


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')...


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