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Eastern Lakes State

Eastern Lakes State is one of the 32 states of South Sudan. It is located in the Bahr el Ghazal region and it borders Southern Liech to the north, Western States to the west, Amadi to the southwest, Terekeka to the southeast, and Jonglei to the east.

Eastern Lakes
Location of Eastern Lakes State within South Sudan
Location of Eastern Lakes State within South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
Number of Counties15[2]
 • Governor[[Mangar Buong] Aluenge]
 (2014 Estimate)
 • Total335,130


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]

Rin Tuec was appointed Governor on 24 December.[6]

Administrative divisionsEdit

The state consists of 11 counties:[7][8]

County Headquarters Former
Awerial North Buna-gok Awerial
Malek (Ramchiel) Malek Yirol East
Yirol Centre Geng-geng Yirol West
Yirol North Yali Yirol East
Aluakluak Aluakluak Yirol West
Ngop Ngop Yirol West
Awerial South Guol-yar
Lou Nyang Yirol East
Abang Abang Yirol West
Yirol East Adior Yirol East
Madbar Madbar Yirol West
Awerial East Abuyung Awerial
Geer Geer Yirol West
Anuol Anuol Yirol West
Awerial Centre Awerial Awerial

Counties are further divided into payams, and payams are then divided into Bomas.

List of governors of Eastern lakes stateEdit

The governors of Eastern lakes state in the order of first to last are ;

  1. Ring Tueny Mabor
  2. Bor Wutcok Bor
  3. Mangar Buong Aluenge


  1. ^ "Full list of Kiir's proposed new 32 states in S Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. 3 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Tonj State Capital Attacked By Pastoralists". Radio Tamazuj. 20 April 2016. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  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 2016-02-02.
  7. ^ Magok, Mabor (18 August 2016). "Eastern Lakes State Governor Announces Creation Of Additional Counties". Gurtong. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ M'Kon, Daniel. "Eastern Lakes Announces Additional Counties, New Commissioners". The Nation Mirror. Retrieved 27 November 2016.