South Sudan leaders agree landmark deal over control of states

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South Sudan’s rival leaders have reached a landmark deal to determine the selection of governors for the nation’s 10 states.

The deal, in theory, resolves an issue that is widely seen as the biggest threat to South Sudan’s stuttering peace process, following the formation of a unity government in February. President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar had disagreed over the allocation of state governors, particularly in those that produce oil.

Kiir and Machar reach deal over state control

Under the deal agreed between the president and his former rival, President Kiir’s camp will nominate governors for six of South Sudan’s states while Machar’s will propose another three and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance will nominate one.

According to a statement released by Minister of Presidential Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial on Wednesday, among the six states Kiir’s camp will nominate governors for, the oil-rich Unity State and Central Equatoria, where the capital Juba lies, are both included.

Meanwhile, Machar’s side will nominate a governor for the Upper Nite state, which is the country’s largest oil producer. The South Sudan Opposition Alliance, which acted as a third signatory to South Sudan’s peace deal, will also nominate a governor for Jonglei state, as part of the agreement.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.