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South Sudan’s Kiir sacks finance minister


July 27, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has fired the country’s finance minister, David Deng Athorbei amid the worsening economic crisis in the nation.

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South Sudanese preasident Salva Kiir (AFP)

In a Republican decree 288, read on State-owned SSBC on Monday, the South Sudanese leader relieved Athorbei without providing any reason.

Kiir, in the same decree also relieved Trade and Industry Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau and his Mining counterpart, Taban Deng Gai.

Gai was appointed the country’s First Vice President to replace armed opposition (SPLM-IO) leader, Riek Machar by decree 289. A separate decree 290 appointed Dhieu as the new finance minister.

South Sudan economy has deteriorated since December 2015 when the government floated exchange rates for local South Sudanese Pound (SSP) against the US dollar.

Inflation in the country, economists say, has risen by 300% in the last seven months.

Observers say despite being oil-rich, South Sudan is likely to record negative Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2016 after growing by 30.7 percent two years ago, largely due its ongoing conflict, decline in oil production and the global fall in oil prices.


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  • 28 July 11:48, by Black Africa

    When I Just look at this guy , it’s like looking at a gollira in suit. That’s why because of such kind of people, white people say a monkey is a monkey .The people of South Sudan are dying, suffering etc,he doesn’t care.

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    • 28 July 13:45, by denng

      @Black Africa you call yourself an arab but if you go to arabian countries, they say the same about you!!

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  • 28 July 17:33, by Hardlinner

    Firing and reappointing again. Looks like kiir interation isn’t working. What would you (kiir) expect when you picked people based on their loyality not credibility to do effective work. You always picked the yes men to implement your undisclose borrowing of money. You need real economies not puppets. Also your corrupt officials r hurting the economy n so as unnecessary wars n looting .

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  • 28 July 18:35, by Kerem

    When you service a broken down car with already used spare parts, you do not expect that car to work efficiently. Kiir is just fixing his government with already worn out spare parts of this country. Stephen Dhieu is one of the most corrupt individuals in this country and we should not expect any change in our economic hardships

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  • 28 July 20:10, by Nyesi Ta

    All the finance ministers of Republic of South Sudan were sacked.
    Arthur Akuen was sacked
    Kuol Athian was sacked
    Gab Chang Chong was replaced
    Kosti Manibe was sacked
    Aggrey Sabuni was sacked
    David D. Arthorbei was sacked
    Now Stephen D. Dau is appointed, but, is his appointment going to change anything, other than his eventual ditching like his predessors.

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  • 29 July 18:51, by jubaone

    Without a functional parliament, Kiir can hire and fire any minister at will. The SSLA should have scrutinized the credentials of the aspirant instead of recycling useless and dysfunctional ministers. This is political patronage and Kiir is as useless as his ministers.

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