South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Sacks 6 Ministers Allied to Machar, SPLM-IO Term Replacement Illegal

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Political rift continues to widen in the world’s youngest nation with South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Tuesday sacking six ministers allied to his rival Riek Machar.

President Kiir fires the ministers of interior, petroleum, higher education, labour, water as well as lands and housing in a statement read out on state-run television.

The president then filled the vacant ministerial posts people linked to a breakaway faction of Machar’s SPLM-IO party further provoking divisions.

The move by Kiir has received condemnation from Machar’s faction saying the replacements are illegal and against the provisions of the August 2015 peace agreement.

Forces Loyal to President Kiir clashed with Machar;s forces in Juba. Machar whose current location is not known has since been replaced as First Vice President with his former negotiator Taban Deng Gai.

The situation in South Sudan remains shaky; IGAD is scheduled to meet in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to discuss the recent conflict in Juba which has left thousands displaced.

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