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South Sudan

Salva Kiir Mayardit

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


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Why Uganda refuses to withdraw

While in Addis Ababa for the African Union summit on 29-31 January, Museveni personally tried to persuade allies of Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon to switch their support back to President Salva Kiir Mayardit...


A deal under duress

Neither those supporting President Salva Kiir Mayardit nor the factions behind his rival, ex-­Vice President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, had shown any commitment to ending the fighting before their representatives signed the ceasefire in Addis Ababa on the evening of 23 January...

Before that, however, there had been months of complaints that Salva Kiir was surrounding himself with Dinka supporters from his home state and being influenced by people who, unlike Rebecca and Pa'gan, were not seen as bearers of the liberation struggle banner...

'Salva Kiir got what he wanted, Independence for South Sudan...

Among those dismissed were the eleven men who were detained inJuba and whom Salva Kiir accused of involvement in a foiled ‘coup’ in December (AC Vol 54 No 16, A power struggle, not a coup)...

' Not the usual suspectsThe complex roots of the crisis are evident from the origins of the top eleven detainees, accused by Salva Kiir's government of complicity in Riek Machar's supposed coup plot...

' Pa'gan Amum declared that they were trying only to reform the party, not mount a coup, and they recognised that Salva Kiir was legitimate President...


A deal under duress

Neither those supporting President Salva Kiir Mayardit nor the factions behind his rival, ex-­Vice President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, had shown any commitment to ending the fighting before their representatives signed the ceasefire in Addis Ababa on the evening of 23 January...

Before that, however, there had been months of complaints that Salva Kiir was surrounding himself with Dinka supporters from his home state and being influenced by people who, unlike Rebecca and Pa'gan, were not seen as bearers of the liberation struggle banner...

'Salva Kiir got what he wanted, Independence for South Sudan...

Among those dismissed were the eleven men who were detained in Juba and whom Salva Kiir accused of involvement in a foiled ‘coup’ in December (AC Vol 54 No 16, A power struggle, not a coup)...

' Not the usual suspectsThe complex roots of the crisis are evident from the origins of the top eleven detainees, accused by Salva Kiir's government of complicity in Riek Machar's supposed coup plot...

' Pa'gan Amum declared that they were trying only to reform the party, not mount a coup, and they recognised that Salva Kiir was legitimate President...


Danger, road works ahead

Meanwhile, pressure was mounting in Addis on President Salva Kiir Mayardit to release the remaining four detainees linked to dissident ex-Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon...


Seats for dissidents

The four oppositionists still detained in Juba – Pa’gan Amum, Oyai Deng, Majak d’Agot, Ezekiel Lol – are unlikely to join the talks due in Addis Ababa on 7 February between President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s government and dissidents led by ex-vice-president Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon...


The state cracks

The rebels within the governing party made clear their opposition to the increasing centralisation of power under President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the skewed distribution of South Sudan’s new oil wealth and a general lack of political accountability...

The immediate diplomatic, but not economic, beneficiary is Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, who flew to Juba on 6 January to embrace his old foe Salva Kiir and pledge support for a negotiated solution as Juba officials gritted their teeth...

Field Marshal Omer was keen to assure Salva Kiir that his regime was not supporting Riek, as Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) former security chief, Edward Lino Abyei, had claimed...


The political stakes on YouTube

The dissidents’ discontent was fuelled by President Salva Kiir Mayardit sacking his entire government in late July (AC Vol 54 No 17, Powers of separation)...


From power struggle to uprising

The attack in Jonglei by Gatdet's fighters, who had theoretically been integrated into the national armed forces, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, appears to have been triggered by the 15 December mutiny by SPLA fighters loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, who had lost many of his powers in July after publicly challenging President Salva Kiir Mayardit...

Immediately after the NLC meeting, there were reports that Salva Kiir had ordered Riek's arrest...

After sacking his ministers, Vice-President and several provincial governors, along with many commanders of the SPLA, by the constitutionally-dubious means of presidential order, Salva Kiir had discovered that the SPLM party structures were far stronger than the National Assembly...


Legacy of war

Yet insiders concede that relations between UNMISS and President Salva Kiir Mayardit's government have become ever more strained since South Sudan's Independence in July 2011 led to the end of the previous UN Mission in Sudan's mandate and the pull-out of UNMIS peacekeepers from Sudan (AC Vol 54 No 16, Mission impossible)...


Powers of separation

When Parliament turned down President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s choice of Justice Minister on 13 August, it was greeted as a victory for democracy in the face of an increasingly autocratic ruler (AC Vol 54 No 16, A power struggle, not a coup)...

After Chairman Garang and his deputy, Salva Kiir, clashed on the eve of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2004, some feared the infighting in the party would destroy both SPLM and the CPA...


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