Location of Gok State within South Sudan
|Number of Counties||6|
|• Governor||Madang Majok|
|Population (2014 Estimate)|
Gok is one of the states of South Sudan. It is located in the Bahr el Ghazal region, and was formerly part of the Lakes State. Gok State borders Tonj to the west and Western Lakes to the east. The state had a population of 117,755 in 2008 and an estimated population of 174,460 in 2014.
Before the creation of Gok State, the state was formerly part of Lakes State. On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states. The decree established the new states largely along ethnic lines. A number of opposition parties and civil society groups challenged the constitutionality of the decree. Kiir later resolved to take it to parliament for approval as a constitutional amendment. In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.
Gok State is currently consisted of six counties. These counties are Cueibet (county seat: Bueibet), Abiriu (county seat: Abiriu), Duony (county seat: Duong), Waat (county seat: Pagor), Anyar Nguan (county seat: Tiaptiap), and Malou-Pech (county seat: Malou). Gok originally consisted only of a single county (Cueibet County). But as of 6 October 2016, five more new counties were established, to bring a total number of six.
Towns and cities
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