List of heads of state of South Sudan

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President of the
Republic of South Sudan
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Salva Kiir Mayardit

since 9 July 2011
Term length4 years [1]
Inaugural holderSalva Kiir Mayardit
Formation9 July 2011
DeputyVice President of South Sudan
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This article lists the heads of state of South Sudan since the establishment of the Southern Sudan Autonomous Region within Sudan in 1972.

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 and a new constitution was adopted.[1]

Heads of State of South Sudan (1972–present)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Southern Sudan Autonomous Region (1972–1983)[edit]

Name Birth–Death Took office Left office Political Party
Presidents of the High Executive Council
1 Abel Alier No image.png 1933– 6 April 1972 February 1978 Southern Front
2 Joseph Lagu No image.png 1931– February 1978 12 July 1979 Sudan African National Union
3 Peter Gatkuoth No image.png 1938–2010 12 July 1979 30 May 1980
(1) Abel Alier No image.png 1933– 30 May 1980 5 October 1981 Southern Front
4 Gismalla Abdalla Rassas No image.png 1932–2013 5 October 1981 23 June 1982 South Sudan Liberation Movement
5 Joseph James Tombura No image.png 1929–1992 23 June 1982 5 June 1983 Sudan African National Union
Autonomy abolished (5 June 1983 – 9 July 2005)

Southern Sudan Autonomous Region (2005–2011)[edit]

Presidents of the Government
6 John Garang John Garang of Sudan.jpg 1945–2005 9 July 2005 30 July 2005[a] Sudan People's Liberation Movement
7 Salva Kiir Mayardit Salva Kiir Mayardit.jpg 1951– 11 August 2005
Acting since 30 July 2005
9 July 2011 Sudan People's Liberation Movement

Republic of South Sudan (2011–present)[edit]

(7) Salva Kiir Mayardit Salva Kiir Mayardit.jpg 1951– 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.


  1. ^ Died in a crash of the Ugandan Mil Mi-17 presidential helicopter.

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Salva Kiir Sudan People's Liberation Movement 2,616,613 92.99%
Lam Akol Sudan People's Liberation Movement - Democratic Change 197,217 7.01%
Total 2,813,830 100.00%
Sources: Sudan Tribune

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South Sudan to adopt new constitution, claims Abyei". Retrieved 2015-08-31.