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South Sudan’s Kiir names new cabinet, leaves out VP post

July 31, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir on Wednesday issued a decree appointing 18 cabinet ministers and 10 deputies, a week after he dissolved the entire government.

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir (Reuters)

The president, in several decrees read on the state-owned SSTV, left unoccupied the position of the vice-president and minister for the presidency.

Several new faces were elevated to cabinet in the 31 July decree, issued under Article 112 (1) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan.

The president, for instance, appointed Kuol Manyang Juuk as minister for defense and veteran affairs, Obuto Mamur Mete in the office for the president for national security service, Telar Riing Deng for justice, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni for finance,commerce and economic planning, Aleu Ayeny Aleu in-charge of interior and wildlife conservation, among others.

The South Sudan leader, had earlier appointed Barnaba Marial Benjamin, formerly the information minister to head the foreign affairs ministry.

Meanwhile, Stephen Dhiew Dau for petroleum and mining, industry and environment and information, Micheal Makuei for broadcasting, telecommuncation and postal services, Jemma Nunu Kumba for lands, housing and physical planning, among others were some of the few ministers retained by the president.

Kiir, under Article 117(1) of the same constitution also issued another decree appointing 10 deputy ministers in the newly formed government. The new appointments bring to 29 the total number of ministers and their deputies.

The president, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said he chose this moment to restructure his government and lay the groundwork for a lean and stronger cabinet.

"This downsizing will create synergies, allow budgets to flow to high priority development projects and also allow for better management by dedicated civil servants," Kiir’s statement reads in part.


  • Barnaba Marial Benjamin - Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Martin Elia Lomoro - Cabinet affairs
  • Kuol Manyang Juuk - Defense and Veteran Affairs
  • Telar Ring Deng - Justice
  • To be appointed - Office of President
  • Obuto Mamur Mete – Office of the President for National Security Service
  • Aleu Ayeny Aleu- Interior and Wildlife Conservation
  • Aggrey Tisa Sabuni– Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning
  • Kuong Danhier Gatluak - Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development
  • Michael Makuei Lueth– Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunication and Postal Services
  • Riek Gai Kok– Health
  • Beda Machar Deng - Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism and Animal Resources, Cooperatives and Rural Development
  • John Gai Yoh - Education, Science and Technology
  • Jemma Nunu Kumba – Land, Housing and Physical Planning
  • Abdalla Deng Nhial – Electricity, Dams, Irrigation and Water Resources
  • Simon Majok Mijak - Transport, Roads and Bridges
  • Stephen Dhieu Dau - Petroleum, Mining and Environment
  • Ngor Kulang - Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Awut Deng Acuil– Gender and Social Development


  • Paulino Wanawilla Unango - Justice
  • Jadada Augustino Wani - Interior and Wildlife Conservation
  • Mary Jarvas Yak - Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning
  • Kengen Jakor- Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning
  • Rebecca Joshua Okwaci - Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • Nadia Arop Dudi - Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism and Animal Resources, Cooperatives and Rural Development
  • Bol Makueng - Education, Science and Technology
  • Deng Arop Kuol - Land, Housing and Physical Planning
  • Martin Daku- Transport, Roads and Bridges
  • Elizabeth James Bol - Petroleum, Mining and Environment