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South Sudan rebel-appointed state governor dead

June 24, 2018 (LANKIEN) - The rebel-appointed governor of Bieh, one of South Sudan’s 28 new states, Koang Rambang Chol has died.

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Former governor Koang Rambag Chol (Getty)

Chol, recently blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council over the ongoing crisis, died after a short illness in a rebel-controlled area of South Sudan.

The armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) described the death of Chol as a great loss to the movement led by former first vice president, Riek Machar.

The SPLM-IO deputy chairman Henry Odwar said they lost a great leader and passed a condolence message to the family.

“On behalf of our Chairman Dr. Riek Machar, my family and I, and on behalf of the entire SPLM/A (IO) organization, I convey our profound condolence to the family of Cde. Koang Rambang Chol, who passed away last night 23rd June 2018 at about 10:10pm in Lankien, Bieh State,” he said in a statement.

Chol was appointed governor on July 17, 2015, after serving as a deputy governor.

He had previously served as the Akobo county commissioner in 2012.

“His [Chol] role was fundamental and effective in our struggle for reform, federalism, and justice,” stressed Odwar in his statement.

The late Chol leaves behind three wives and six children.