Appointment of South Sudan's regional state governors increases likelihood of fighting between militias in SPLM-IO-controlled regions

South Sudan’s Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) allocated the country’s 10 regional state governorships among the three largest government stakeholders on 7 May. The ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), led by President Salva Kiir, gained governorship of six states, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) gained three state governorships, and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) gained one. The SPLM-IO was not allocated state governorships reflecting its traditional support base. The SPLM was allocated governorship of the oil-rich Unity state, the birthplace of the SPLM-IO’s leader, First Vice-President Riek Machar. The SSOA was allocated the governorship of Upper Nile state, another oil-rich area where the SPLM-IO operates. Instead, the SPLM-IO was allocated governorship of Western Bahr el Ghazal, Western Equatoria, and Jonglei. Militia excluded from the RTGoNU – the National Salvation Front (NAS) and fighters loyal to former army chief of staff Paul Malong – operate in Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal respectively.

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