Imatong State

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Imatong State
State
Location of Imatong State in South Sudan
Location of Imatong State in South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
CapitalTorit[1]
Number of Counties12[2]
Government
 • GovernorNatisio Loluke
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total598,190

Imatong State is one of the 28 states of South Sudan. It is located in the Equatoria region and it borders Yei River to the southwest, Jubek to the west, Terekeka and Jonglei to the northwest, Boma to the northeast, Namorunyang to the east, and Uganda to the south.

History[edit]

On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states.[3] 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.[4] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[5]

Natisio Loluke was appointed Governor on 24 December.[6]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The state consists of 12 counties created in April 2016:[2]

County Former
County
Ayaci Magwi
Geria Ikotos
Ikwoto Ikotos
Imehejek Lopa
Kidepo Valley Ikotos
Lafon Lafon/Lopa
Lopit West Lopa
Magwi Magwi
Pageri Magwi
Torit Torit
Torit East Torit
Torit West Torit

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Imatong: Speaker And Deputy Elected, Commissioners, Administrators Sworn In". Gurtong. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Nakimangole, Peter Lokale (22 April 2016). "Additional Counties In Imatong And Namorunyang States Established". Gurtong. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  4. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  5. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune.
  6. ^ "South Sudan's President appoints 28 Governors, defies peace agreement". South Sudan News Agency. 24 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016.