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South Sudan’s President Fires Top Generals in Charge of fighting rebellion

Salva Kiir

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has reshuffled the army’s command, firing four top army officers, including deputies to the Chief of the General Staff -members of the top brass that has overseen South Sudan’s bungled response to rebels loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar.

In a presidential decree read on state television late Thursday, No reasons were given for the sudden firings, which came as fighting continued in some parts of the country, including Jonglei, Equatoria region and the main oil-producing state, Upper Nile.

The reshuffle in the army also saw two senior officers promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and six other deployed in different sectors in the military

Mr Kiir also appointed four new deputies to the Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Ajongo Mawut.

South Sudan erupted into civil war in 2013, just two years after declaring its independence from the north. The ongoing conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead and created a humanitarian crisis as nearly 4 million people fled their homes.

The U.S Treasury in September blacklisted South Sudan officials including the axed army deputy chief of staff, Malek Reuben Riak, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and Paul Malong, an ex-army head dismissed by Kiir in May for derailing peace efforts and amassing fortune during the war.

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