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Ruweng State is one of the 28 states of South Sudan. It is the most oil producing state in South Sudan, about 80% of South Sudanese oil is produced here, mainly in Unity oilfield (in the southern part), Heglig oilfield (in the north-western part), Tomasouth oilfield (in the western part) and Toor oilfield. Ruweng State is rich in animal resources and fish resources, and it also is the home of two lakes: Lake Jau (in the northern part) and Lake No (in the southern part), where Bahr el Ghazal River ends and joins the White Nile.

Ruweng State
Location of Ruweng State in South Sudan
Location of Ruweng State in South Sudan
CountrySouth Sudan
Number of Counties 82[2]
 • GovernorMayol Kur Akuei
 (2014 Estimate)
 • Total246,360

Ruweng State is located in the Greater Upper Nile region and it borders Western Nile to the east, Western Bieh to the southeast, Northern Liech to the south, Twic to the southwest, Abyei to the west, and Sudan to the north.



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]

Mayol Kur Akuei was appointed Governor on 23 December.[6]

Administrative divisionsEdit

The state consists of 2 counties: Panriang and Abiemnom.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "What exactly is Riek Machar is planning to achieve". Wël Yam. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Full list of Kiir's proposed new 28 states in S Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. 3 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 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 2 February 2016.