Salva Kiir at a past conference in Dec 2012. He issued the decree on Tuesday evening where all national and deputy ministers have been suspended and the ministries have also been reduced from 29 to 18. [Gurtong | File]
JUBA, 23 July 2013 [Gurtong]- President Salva Kiir has this evening sacked his Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party Secretary-General Pagan Amum and also dissolved the cabinet, according to a decree announced on television.
The Presidential decree issued on Tuesday evening says all the national and deputy ministers have been suspended and the ministries have also been reduced from 29 to 18.
The reasons for the action have not been made public but we will update as details emerge.
There has been reports of power struggle in SPLM, particularly between Kiir and his vice president Riek Machar who has said he is interested in running for president in the 2015 elections.
Last month, President Kiir suspended two cabinet members and ordered an investigation into corruption allegations. Since January, two other elected governors for Lakes and Unity states have also been sacked under unclear circumstances. Pagan Amum, the relieved SPLM Secretary-General is also the Chief negotiator in the talks with the neighbouring Sudan.
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