Kiir slims down South Sudan government, consolidates power

Issue 260 - 09 Aug 2013
President Salva Kiir’s dramatic sacking of his cabinet removes two key critics of the South Sudan leader who were also leading figures in negotiations with the north over oil exports, raising fears that talks could be affected as another deadline looms. Kiir dismissed his entire administration on 23 July in a sudden move that he claimed was driven by the need to clamp down on corruption and reduce the number of cabinet posts. Vice president Riek Machar was sacked, and Pagan Amum, secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), was suspended. Both have been critical of Kiir, provoking suggestions that the reshuffle was politically motivated.

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