Aweil State was a state in South Sudan that existed between 2 October 2015 and 22 February 2020.[1] It was located in the Bahr el Ghazal region and it borders Gogrial to the east, Lol to the west, Aweil East to the north, and Wau to the south. Its capital and largest city was Aweil.

Aweil State
Location of Aweil in South Sudan
Location of Aweil in South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
CapitalAweil
Number of Counties8
Number of Municipalities1
Population
 (2014 Estimate)
 • Total251,160

HistoryEdit

The area was originally part of the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal. On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states.[2] 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.[3] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[4]

Ronald Ruai Deng was appointed Governor on 24 December.[5]

On 22 February 2020, a compromise led President Salva Kiir to revert the map of South Sudan to its original ten states.[6] Aweil State is now reincorporated into Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

GovernmentEdit

The current Aweil state was formed on October 2, 2015, and adopted government similar to the South Sudanese Government. The state currently has a stable government. The first governor of Aweil State was Ronald Ruai Deng and was appointed as Governor on 24 December 2015.[7]

GeographyEdit

Administrative divisionsEdit

After the split up, Aweil State broke down even further for a total of 8 counties, which were created on April 2016. The 8 counties were consisted of the following:[8][9]

  • Former Aweil Center County:
    • Aroyo; headquarters: Aroyo
    • Bar-mayen; headquarters: Pongo
  • Former Aweil South County:
    • Ajak; headquarters: Malek-Alel
    • Ajuet; headquarters: Rum-Tiit
    • Buoncuai; headquarters: Akoc
    • Chimel; headquarters: Udhum
    • Kongder; headquarters: Gakrol
    • Mayom Wel; headquarters: Mayom Wel

Alongside to the creation of the 8 counties, Aweil State also contained the municipality of Aweil.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mutambo, Aggrey. "S. Sudan govt agrees to reduce states to 10 to maintain peace". The East African. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  3. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune.
  5. ^ "South Sudan's President appoints 28 Governors, defies peace agreement". South Sudan News Agency. 24 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-02-02.
  6. ^ Mutambo, Aggrey. "S. Sudan govt agrees to reduce states to 10 to maintain peace". The East African. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "South Sudan's President appoints 28 Governors, defies peace agreement". South Sudan News Agency. 24 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-02-02.
  8. ^ a b Abraham, Agoth. "Additional Counties Established In Aweil East". Gurtong. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ Aweil State Governor Appoints County Commissioners Gurtong