States of South Sudan

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States of South Sudan
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Category Federated state
Location Republic of South Sudan
Number 28 States
Government State government
Subdivisions County
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The States of South Sudan were created out of the three historic former provinces (and contemporary regions) of Bahr el Ghazal (northwest), Equatoria (southern), and Greater Upper Nile (northeast). The 28 states are further divided into 86 counties.

In October 2015, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 21 constitutionally established states.[1] The decree established the new states largely along ethnic lines only to benefit the Dinka tribe, because they think if they have more Dinka state they will be able to easily win elections. A number of opposition parties and civil society challenged the constitutionality of this decree and Kiir later resolved to take it to parliament for approval as a constitutional amendment he made sure all who did not favor the 28 dates was fired.[2] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[3]

States 2015-present[edit]

Bahr el Ghazal[edit]

  1. Aweil
  2. Aweil East
  3. Eastern Lakes
  4. Gogrial
  5. Gok
  6. Lol
  7. Tonj
  8. Twic
  9. Wau
  10. Western Lakes

Equatoria[edit]

  1. Amadi
  2. Gbudwe
  3. Imatong
  4. Jubek (containing the national capital city of Juba)
  5. Maridi
  6. Namorunyang
  7. Terekeka
  8. Yei River

Greater Upper Nile[edit]

  1. Boma
  2. Eastern Bieh
  3. Eastern Nile
  4. Jonglei
  5. Latjoor
  6. Northern Liech
  7. Ruweng
  8. Southern Liech
  9. Western Bieh
  10. Western Nile

States 2011–2015[edit]

The former ten states of South Sudan grouped in the three historical provinces of the Sudan
Flag State Capital Population
(2010)[4]
Area
(km²)[4]
Density
(/km²)
Flag of Northern Bahr el Ghazal.png Northern Bahr el Ghazal Aweil 820,834 30,543.30 26.87
Flag of Western Bahr el Ghazal.png Western Bahr el Ghazal Wau 358,692 91,075.95 3.94
Flag of Lakes State.png Lakes Rumbek 782,504 43,595.08 17.95
Flag of Warrap State.png Warrap Kuajok 1,044,217 45,567.24 22.92
Flag of Western Equatoria.png Western Equatoria Yambio 658,863 79,342.66 8.30
Flag of Central Equatoria.png Central Equatoria Juba 1,193,130 43,033.00 27.73
Flag of Eastern Equatoria.png Eastern Equatoria Torit 962,719 73,472.01 13.10
Flag of Jonglei.png Jonglei Bor 1,443,500 122,580.83 11.78
Flag of Unity State.png Unity Bentiu 645,465 37,836.39 17.06
Flag of Upper Nile State.png Upper Nile Malakal 1,013,629 77,283.42 13.12
Flag of South Sudan.svg South Sudan Juba 8,923,553 644,329.37 13.85

Rebel declaration[edit]

On 22 December 2014, rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar declared the 10 states of South Sudan dissolved and the formation of 21 new states in a federal system. The declaration was not recognised by the South Sudanese government.[5] The Sudan Tribune reported on 1 January 2015 that Machar appointed "military governors" for several of his declared states.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. 
  2. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. 
  3. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune. 
  4. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook for Southern Sudan 2010" (PDF). Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Uganda: Citizens in Uganda Welcome Rebel Formation of 21 States". allAfrica.com. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "South Sudan: Machar Appoints Top Rebel Command, State Governors". allAfrica.com. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

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