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President Kiir dismisses the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Deng Machol
Cirino Hiteng, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, was dismissed by presidential decree on July 12.
12.07.2016  |  Juba, South Sudan
Cirino Hiteng in Juba, July 10, 2012. (photo: The Niles | Akim Mugisa)
Cirino Hiteng in Juba, July 10, 2012. (photo: The Niles | Akim Mugisa)

In a presidential decree, broadcasted on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation’s (SSBC) Tuesday evening news, President Kiir dismissed Cirino Hiteng from his post as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Cirino Hiteng is a member of the SPLM Former Detainees, a group of SPLM politicians who were arrested after the outbreak of violence in December 2013, but later released due to a lack of evidence.

When the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) was formed in April 2016, former Cabinet Minister Deng Alor Kuol was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Youth, Culture, and Sports Cirino Hiteng as his deputy. John Luk Jok was appointed Minister of Transport. This was part of a compromise with other SPLM factions and political parties who are sharing power in the transitional government.

No reason was mentioned for the dismissal and his replacement hasn’t been appointed yet.

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