President Kiir issues extensive decrees, replaces key officials
In a series of republican decrees released this evening, President Kiir has made a series of personnel changes amongst the top ranks of the South Sudanese government.
Whilst the changes don't bring any new figures into the senior ranks of the government, they see a number of key officials shuffled between positions.
The changes are detailed below:
Nhial Deng Nhial has been replaced as Minister of Presidential Affairs by Dr. Marial Benjamin.
Gen. Johnson Juma Okot has been dismissed as Chief of the South Sudan Defence Forces, and appointed Ambassador to Belgium.
General Santino Deng Wol has been appointed Chief of the South Sudan Defence Forces, and promoted to the rank of General.
General Akol Khor Kuch remains National Security Director, but has also been promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant General.
General Malek Ruban Riak has been dismissed as Deputy Minister of Defence and Veterans' Affairs, and appointed Ambassador to Eritrea.
General Chol Thon Balok has been appointed Deputy Minister of Defence and Veterans' Affairs.
General Thomas Duoth Guet has been dismissed as Director General of the General Intelligence Bureau, and appointed ambassador to Kuwait.