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Southern Liech State

Southern Liech
Location of Southern Liech in South Sudan
Location of Southern Liech in South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
Number of Counties9[1]
 (2014 Estimate)
 • Total267,460

Southern Liech State was a state in South Sudan that existed between 2 October 2015 and 22 February 2020.[2] It was located in the Greater Upper Nile region and it bordered Northern Liech to the north, Western Bieh to the east, Jonglei to the southeast, Eastern Lakes to the south, Western Lakes to the southwest, and Tonj to the west.


On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states.[3] 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.[4] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[5]

Teker Riek Dong was appointed Governor on 24 December.[6]

Administrative divisions

The state consisted of 9 counties:[1]

  • Rubkway County
  • Mayiandit County
  • Tharjiath-bour County
  • Panyinjiar County
  • Nyal County
  • Ganyliel County
  • Dhor-wang County
  • Bou County
  • Thornyor County


  1. ^ a b c Atekdit, Ariik (15 February 2016). "Southern Liech Governor Arrives State Headquarters". Gurtong. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ Mutambo, Aggrey. "S. Sudan govt agrees to reduce states to 10 to maintain peace". The East African. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  4. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  5. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune.
  6. ^ "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.

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