James Kok Ruey

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James Kok Ruey has been the Governor of Western Bieh State, South Sudan since 24 December 2015.[1] He is the first governor of the state, which was created by President Salva Kiir on 2 October 2015.[2]

He previously served as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and later a Member of Parliament, representing Fangak County in Jonglei.[3] In 2001, he represented the Sudan People's Defense Forces/Democratic Front in negotiations with the Sudan People's Liberation Army, incurring the wrath of less conciliatory SPDF members who saw cooperation as betrayal.[4]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. 
  3. ^ "S. Sudan clarifies powers withdrawn from VP Machar". Sudan Tribune. 16 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Jemera Rone (2003). Sudan, Oil, and Human Rights. Human Rights Watch. pp. 371–372.