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States of South Sudan

The States of South Sudan were created out of the three historic former provinces (and contemporary regions) of Bahr el Ghazal (northwest), Equatoria (southern), and Greater Upper Nile (northeast). The 32 states are further divided into 180 counties.

States of South Sudan
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CategoryFederated state
LocationRepublic of South Sudan
Number32 States
GovernmentState government

In October 2015, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 previously established states.[1] The decree established the new states largely along ethnic lines.[citation needed] A number[who?] of opposition parties challenged the constitutionality of this decree and the decree was referred to parliament for approval as a constitutional amendment.[2] In November the South Sudanese parliament approved the creation of the new states.[3] In January 2017, President Salva Kiir decreed a further subdivision of the country from 28 into 32 states.[4]

32 states (2017–present)Edit

The 32 states of South Sudan grouped in the three historical provinces of the Sudan

On January 14, 2017, President Kiir issued a presidential decree that increased the number of federal states from 28 to 32.


The 32 states are as follows:[5]

State Counties Capital Current Governor Appt. to office date Refs
Jonglei Bor, Twic East and Duk Bor Philip Agwer Panyang
Fangak State Ayod, and Fangak Ayod James Kok Ruea
Bieh State Uror and Nyirol Waat Moses Majiok Gatluak
Akobo State Akobo County Akobo Johnson Gony Bilieu
Maiwut State Longchuk, Koma, and Maiwut Maiwut Bol Ruach Rom
Latjor State Ulang and Nasir Nasir Peter Gatkuoth Khor
Boma State Pochalla, and Pibor Pibor Sultan Ismail Konyi
Central Upper Nile State Akoka, Pigi, Baliet and Panyikang Malakal James Tor Monybuny
Northern Upper Nile State Renk, Maban and Melut Renk Deng Akoi Gak
Fashoda State Kodok and Manyo Kodok Johnson Olony
Ruweng State Panriang and Abiemnhom Panriang Thiaji de-Dut Deng
Southern Liech State Mayendit, Leer and Panyijiar Leer Teker Riek Dong
Northern Liech State Mayom, Koch, Rubkona and Guit Bentiu Joseph Nguen Monytuil
States Counties Capital Current Governor Appt. to office date Refs
Gogrial State Gogrial West and Gogrial East Kuacjok Abraham Gum Makuach Gregory Deng Kuach Aduol
Twic State Twic County Mayen-Abun Bona Pariek Biar Kon Manyiel Kuol
Tonj State Tonj North, Tonj East and Tonj South Tonj Akech Tong Aleu Akech Tong Aleu
Gok State Cueibet County Cueibet Madang Majok Meen Madang Majok Meen
Western Lake State Rumbek North, Rumbek East, Rumbek Center and Wulu Rumbek Abraham Makoi Bol Abraham Makoi Bol
Eastern Lake State Yirol East, Yirol West and Awerial Yirol Ring Tueny Mabor Ring Tueny Mabor
Aweil East State Aweil East county Wanjok Deng Deng Akuei Deng Deng Akuei
Lol State Raja, Aweil North and Aweil West Raja Rizik Zachariah Hassan Rizik Zachariah Hassan
Aweil State Aweil South and Aweil Center Aweil Ronald Ruai Deng Ronald Ruai Deng
Wau State Jur River and Bagari Wau Elias Waya Nyipouch Andrea Mayar Achor
States Counties Capital Current Governor Appt. to office date Refs
Jubek State Juba County (Bari, Lokoya, Nyangwara communities) Juba Augustino Jadalla Wani Augustino Jadalla Wani
Terekeka State Terekeka, Jemeiza, Gwor, Tali and Tigor Terekeka Juma Ali Malou Juma Ali Malou
Yei River State Yei, Lainya, Morobo and Kajo Keji Yei David Lokonga Moses David Lokonga Moses
Tambura State Tambura and Nagero Tambura Patrick Raphael Zamoi Patrick Raphael Zamoi
Gbudwe State Yambio, Ezo, and Anzara Yambio Patrick Raphael Zamoi Badagu Daniel Remposa
Amadi State Mvolo, Mundri West and Mundri East Mundri Joseph Pachiko Joseph Pachiko
Maridi State Maridi and Ibba Maridi Africano Monday Africano Monday
Imatong State Lopa, Torit, Ikotos and Magwi Torit Natisio Loluke Manir Natisio Loluke Manir
Kapoeta State Kapoeta North, Kapoeta East, Kapoeta South and Budi Kapoeta Louise Lobong Lojore Louise Lobong Lojore

28 states (2015–2017)Edit

The 28 states of South Sudan grouped in the three historical provinces of the Sudan
  1. – containing the national capital city of Juba
  2. – earlier called Eastern Bieh
  3. – earlier called Western Bieh
  4. – earlier called Western Nile

10 states (2011–2015)Edit

The former ten states of South Sudan grouped in the three historical provinces of the Sudan
Flag State Capital Population
  Northern Bahr el Ghazal Aweil 820,834 30,543.30 26.87 Bahr el Ghazal
  Western Bahr el Ghazal Wau 358,692 91,075.95 3.94 Bahr el Ghazal
  Lakes Rumbek 782,504 43,595.08 17.95 Bahr el Ghazal
  Warrap Kuajok 1,044,217 45,567.24 22.92 Bahr el Ghazal
  Western Equatoria Yambio 658,863 79,342.66 8.30 Equatoria
  Central Equatoria Juba 1,193,130 43,033.00 27.73 Equatoria
  Eastern Equatoria Torit 962,719 73,472.01 13.10 Equatoria
  Jonglei Bor 1,443,500 122,580.83 11.78 Greater Upper Nile
  Unity Bentiu 645,465 37,836.39 17.06 Greater Upper Nile
  Upper Nile Malakal 1,013,629 77,283.42 13.12 Greater Upper Nile
  South Sudan Juba 8,923,553 644,329.37 13.85

Rebel declarationEdit

21 States of South Sudan

On 22 December 2014, rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar declared the 10 states of South Sudan dissolved and the formation of 21 new states in a federal system. The declaration was not recognised by the South Sudanese government.[7] The Sudan Tribune reported on 1 January 2015 that Machar appointed "military governors" for several of his declared states.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08.
  2. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  3. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune.
  4. ^ "South Sudanese President creates four more states – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "The 32 Federal States of the Republic of South Sudan". 22 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook for Southern Sudan 2010" (PDF). Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  7. ^ "Uganda: Citizens in Uganda Welcome Rebel Formation of 21 States". 7 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  8. ^ "South Sudan: Machar Appoints Top Rebel Command, State Governors". 1 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Maps of states of South Sudan at Wikimedia Commons