Name : James Wani Igga
Position : Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, 23 August 2013-present.
Political Affiliation : Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)
Igga joined the SPLM/SPLA in 1985. By the mid 1990s - due to the 1991 split between Riek Machar and John Garang, coupled with the death of many senior officers and founders of the movement - Igga had risen to became the third in command - after the late Garang and current president of the republic, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
In 2002 when the movement reunited under the Nairobi Declaration, Igga accepted to step down for Machar, partly in respect of the hierarchy which had prevailed prior to the 1991 split.
Between 2002 and 2005, before Garang’s untimely death just months after signing a landmark peace deal with Khartoum, Kiir became the SPLM/A deputy chairman for military affairs ; Machar became the movement’s deputy chairman for administration while Igga was tasked with political affairs in the third deputy position.
Garang’s death led to Kiir assuming the presidency of the region and chairmanship of the SPLM. Kiir then appointed Machar as his deputy with Igga becoming the speaker of the Southern Sudan National Legislative Assembly.
Both men served in their respective positions for eight years until Kiir sacked Machar in July 2013, replacing him with Igga the next month. Machar did not attend Igga’s inauguration on 26 August but said later that he had been ready to participate in the ceremony if he had been invited.
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