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Akobo State

Akobo
Akobo in South Sudan, after creation of new states
Akobo in South Sudan, after creation of new states
Country South Sudan
RegionGreater Upper Nile
Number of counties1
CapitalBor
Government
 • GovernorTimothy Taban Juch
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Akobo was a state in South Sudan that existed between 14 January 2017 and 22 February 2020.[1] [2][3]

History

Akobo County was separated from Bieh State and made a separate state with the increase in the number of states from 28 to 32 on January 14, 2017. Gabriel Gai Riam was appointed governor on January 16, 2017, after the creation of the state, but was removed and replaced by Johnson Gony Bilieu two days later.[4][5] Timothy Taban Juch was appointed governor on August 19, 2019 after the death of Johnson Gony Bilieu on July 4, 2019.[6][7]

Upon its creation, a large part of Akobo State was held by the SPLM-IO.

Akobo experienced heavy flooding in late 2019.[8]

Demographics

Akobo State is inhabited by the Anyuak and the Lou subgroup of the Nuer. Some Anyuak were unhappy with the creation of the state, feeling that it was created for the Lou Nuer, although the feeling was not unanimous among the Anyuak. Anyuak feel betrayed because Akobo is their historical land.[9][10]

References

  1. ^ Mutambo, Aggrey. "S. Sudan govt agrees to reduce states to 10 to maintain peace". The East African. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "The 32 Federal States of the Republic of South Sudan". paanluelwel.com. 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The 32 States of the Republic of South Sudan". hotinjuba.com. 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Kiir removes four governors, appoints new officials". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  5. ^ "President Kiir sacks two governors, appoints new officials". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  6. ^ "Governor Johnson Gony dies in Turkish hospital". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  7. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir makes partial cabinet reshuffle". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  8. ^ "Akobo governor warns of looming hunger after floods". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  9. ^ "Akobo Anyuak community demands exit from Akobo state". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  10. ^ "Akobo Anyuak officials reject demands to exit from Akobo state". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2020-01-18.


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