1 January 2014

Sudan: Jonglei Governor Dismisses Deputy and Two Ministers Over Machar Links

Juba — The caretaker governor of South Sudan rebel-held Jonglei state has dismissed all dissident officials suspected of loyalty to former vice president Riek Machar.

John Kong Nyuon, in a decree read on state television, fired his deputy, Hussein Maar Nyuot, now a leading member of the rebel negotiating team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for ceasefire talks.

Also dismissed was Gabriel Duop Lam, until recently the minister for law enforcement, and his physical infrastructure counterpart, Manuoa Kuol Gatkouth. The two reportedly vanished in the wake of the conflict that broke out in the state two weeks ago.

The decree, however, made no mention of who replaces the sacked officials whom Sudan Tribune could not easily reach.

The government of Jonglei currently operates from its coordination office Juba after rebels recaptured the state capital, Bor on Monday from the army (SPLA).

Mutineers, led by Machar say they remain in control of Bor, days after government accepted a ceasefire brokered by regional leader from the East African countries.The ex-vice president, initially denied involvement in an alleged coup, but now commands the rebels.

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