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Nhial Deng Sworn in as Foreign Minister

By Sasuk Taban

Nhial Deng Nhial, the former Special Presidential Adviser and Chief Negotiator in the peace talks has been sworn in as the Minister of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation.

Nhial Deng Nhial replaced former Foreign Minister Deng Alor who was sacked by President Salva Kiir on Tuesday evening in a Presidential Decree number 88 read out on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC).

President Salva Kiir dismissed Deng Alor from his post as the National Minister of Foreign Affairs. He further issued another decree No. 89 appointing Nhial Deng Nhial as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

It is however not yet clear what prompted his firing but it is presumed that his absence from his duties could be the reason.

Foreign Affairs Minister Deng Alor did not come back to the country after the second round of talks which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February.

The Minister, who has not yet tendered his resignation letter, swore not to return to Juba until the peace partners strike a deal.

Deng Alor was appointed as per the August 2015 peace agreement, which gives the Former Detainees two ministerial portfolios in the Transitional Government of National Unity.

Other stakeholders that were given ministerial posts in accordance to the peace agreement are the armed opposition groups and other political parties.

According to the 2015 Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), each Party may remove its representatives in the Council of Ministers and nominate replacements by notifying the President and the First Vice President, with at least 14-day notice.

In the event that a Ministerial post falls vacant during the Transition Period, the replacement will be nominated by the top leadership body of the party that first selected that Ministerial portfolio, as appointed at the commencement of the Transition.

The replacement Minister will serve in office until the end of the Transition Period.



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