List of Presidents of South Sudan

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President of the Republic of South Sudan
South Sudan Presidential Flag.svg
Salva Kiir Mayardit.jpg
Salva Kiir Mayardit

since 9 July 2011
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Salva Kiir Mayardit
Formation 9 July 2011
Deputy Vice-President of South Sudan
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This is a list of heads of state of South Sudan, from the establishment of the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region within Sudan in 1972 to the present day.

History of the office[edit]

The region of Southern Sudan (currently the independent republic of South Sudan) became autonomous for the first time, within Sudan, in 1972, through the Addis Ababa Agreement, and its local government had five presidents until 1983, when the Sudanese central government revoked the autonomy. Autonomy was gained again in 2005, through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement meant to end the Second Sudanese Civil War, and the position of president of Southern Sudan was restored. Then, on 9 July, 2011, South Sudan became independent.

Titles of the head of state[edit]

Although currently accorded the title of president, South Sudan's heads of state have been given a number of titles throughout the country's history:

  • 1972–1983: President of the High Executive Council
  • 2005–2011: President of the Government
  • 2011–: President of the Republic of South Sudan

List of heads of state of South Sudan[edit]

No. Name
Picture Took office Left office Political party
Southern Sudan Autonomous Region
1 Abel Alier
(1933– )
No image.png 6 April 1972 February 1978 Southern Front
2 Joseph Lagu
(1931– )
No image.png February 1978 12 July 1979 Sudan African National Union
3 Peter Gatkuoth
No image.png 12 July 1979 30 May 1980
(1) Abel Alier
(1933– )
No image.png 30 May 1980 5 October 1981 Southern Front
4 Gismalla Abdalla Rassas
No image.png 5 October 1981 23 June 1982 South Sudan Liberation Movement
5 Joseph James Tombura
(–bef. 1996)
No image.png 23 June 1982 5 June 1983 Sudan African National Union
Autonomy Abolished (5 June 1983–9 July 2005)
Southern Sudan Autonomous Region
6 John Garang
John Garang waving.jpg 9 July 2005 30 July 2005[1] Sudan People's Liberation Movement
7 Salva Kiir Mayardit
(1951– )
Salva Kiir Mayardit.jpg 30 July 2005 9 July 2011 Sudan People's Liberation Movement
Republic of South Sudan
7 Salva Kiir Mayardit
(1951– )
Salva Kiir Mayardit.jpg 9 July 2011 Incumbent Sudan People's Liberation Movement

Note: The President of South Sudan was also First Vice-President of the Sudanese national government until 9 July 2011.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 11–15 April 2010 South Sudanese presidential election results
Candidates - Parties Votes %
Salva KiirSudan People’s Liberation Movement 2,616,613 92.99%
Lam AkolSudan People's Liberation Movement - Democratic Change 197,217 7.01%
Total votes 2,813,830 100.00%
Source: Sudan Tribune

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Died in an helicopter crash

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