Lol is one of the states of South Sudan formed on 2 October 2015. It is located in the Bahr el Ghazal region, which is in the northwest section of the country. Lol state borders the country of Central African Republic to the west, Sudan to the north, Aweil East State to the northeast, Aweil State to the east, and Wau State to the southeast. The state was created alongside 27 other states after a decree issuing the creation of 28 states took place.
Location of Lol State in South Sudan
|Number of Counties||14 |
|• Governor||Rezik Zechariah Hassan|
On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states. 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. In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.
After the split up, Lol State broke down even further for a total of 11 counties. Three new additional counties were created later on 6 October 2016 to bring the total of 14. The 14 counties are part of the 180 counties in South Sudan. The 14 counties are consisted of the following:
- Former Raga (Raja) County:
- Eri; headquarters: Ere
- Kuru; headquarters: Uyu-Kuku
- Ringi; headquarters: Boro
- Former Aweil North County:
- Korok East; headquarters: Maper Dut Thou
- Korok West; headquarters: Jach
- Malual Centre; headquarters: Maper Dut Wieu
- Malual North; headquarters: Gok Machar
- Ariath; headquarters: Ariath
- Korok Centre; headquarters: Mayen Ulem
- Former Aweil West County:
- Gomjuer East; headquarters: Wedwil
- Gomjuer West; headquarters: Nyamlel
- Majakbai; headquarters: Majakbai
- Marialbai; headquarters: Marialbai
- Gomjuer Centre; headquarters: unknown
Towns and citiesEdit
The capital of the state of Lol is Raga, South Sudan. Raga is the largest city in the state, and was one of the most populous towns of the former state of Western Bahr el Ghazal. Other towns in Lol State include Gossinga and Deim Zubeir.
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