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Ruweng Administrative Area

Ruweng Administrative Area
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Location of the Ruweng Administrative Area in South Sudan
Location of the Ruweng Administrative Area in South Sudan
Location of Ruweng state (2015–2020)
Location of Ruweng state (2015–2020)
CountrySouth Sudan
Number of Counties2[1]
 (2014 Estimate)
 • Total246,360
Time zoneUTC+2 (CAT)

The Ruweng Administrative Area is an administrative area in South Sudan.[3] The area was known as Ruweng State between 2 October 2015 and 22 February 2020 when it was a state of South Sudan.[4]


On 1 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 32 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states.[5] The decree established the new states largely along ethnic lines. A number of opposition parties and civil society groups challenged the constitutionality of the decree. Kiir later resolved to take it to parliament for approval as a constitutional amendment.[6] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[7] Mayol Kur Akuei was appointed Governor in 2015.[8]

Chief Administrators

Tenure Incumbent Party
May 2015 – 2017 Mayol Kur Akuei SPLM
2017 – 2017 Theji Da Aduot Deng SPLM (IO)
2017 – June 2020 Kuol Deim Kuol SPLM (IO)
2019 – 2020 Dr. Lawrence Miabok Wuor Piok SPLM
June 2020 – 2021 William Chol Awanlith SPLM
June 2021 – May 2022 Hon. Peter Daau Chopkuer SPLM
May 2022 – June 2022 Hon. Tiop Manyluak Diraan SPLM
June 2022 – Present Stephano Wieu Mialek SPLM [9]

On 16 June 2022, President Salva Kiir appointed a new chief administrator.

On 8 June 2021, President Salva Kiir appointed a new chief administrator.[10]


The Ruweng Administrative Area is located in the northern part of South Sudan and its headquarters is at Pariang. It borders the former Fashoda State in the east and Fangak State in the southeast, Northern Liech State in the south, Twic State in the southwest, Abyei to the west, and Sudan in the north.


It is the most oil producing area in South Sudan, about 80% of South Sudanese oil is produced here, mainly in Unity / Darbim oil field (in the southern part), Heglig / Panthou oil field (in the north-western part), Tomasouth/Kaloj oilfield (in the western part) and Toor / Athony oil field or and other oil fields like Labob / Miading and Munga / Wanhe Danluel oilfield and Maan Awal and others fields .

Ruweng is rich in animal resources and fish resources, and it also is the home of two lakes: Lake Jau (in the northern part) and Lake No (in the southern part), where Bahr el Ghazal River ends and joins the White Nile.


Ruweng is the home of Ruweng Dinkas which are Panaruu Dinka with 12 sub tribes and Aloor or Ruweng Biemnom Dinka with 6 sub-tribes.

Administrative divisions

The area consists of 2 counties: Panriang and Abiemnom.

See also


  1. ^ "Full list of Kiir's proposed new 28 states in S Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. 3 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "What exactly is Riek Machar is planning to achieve". Wël Yam. 1 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "After 6 years of war, will peace finally come to South Sudan?".
  4. ^ @dekuekd (February 15, 2020). "So it has been decided that #SouthSudan shall revert to 10 states plus Abyei, Pibor and Ruweng Administrative Areas" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  6. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  7. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune.
  8. ^ "South Sudan's President appoints 28 Governors, defies peace agreement". South Sudan News Agency. 24 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016.
  9. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir sacks Ruweng chief administrator". June 6, 2022. Archived from the original on June 9, 2022. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  10. ^ "Kiir sacks Lakes governor, Ruweng administrator". Radio Tamazuj. Retrieved 2021-06-09.

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