Aweil State

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Aweil State
Location of Aweil in South Sudan
Location of Aweil in South Sudan
Country South Sudan
Capital Aweil
Number of Counties 8
Number of Municipalities 1
 • Governor Ronald Ruai Deng
(2014 Estimate)
 • Total 251,160

Aweil State is one of the 28 states of South Sudan formed on 2 October 2015. The state was created after the former 10 states split up. It is 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 largest city, Aweil, has a population of nearly 60,000 in 2008.[1]


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]


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 current and first governor of Aweil State is Ronald Ruai Deng. He was appointed as Governor on 24 December 2015.[6]


Administrative divisions

The Aweil State is divided into 8 counties which were created in April 2016. These counties were Buonchai County, Ajak County, Kongdek County, Ajuet County, Chimel County, Mayom Wel County, Barmayen County, and Aroyo County.[7][8] Alongside to the creation of the 8 counties, Aweil State also contains the municipality of Aweil.[7]

Aweil City

Aweil is a city in Aweil State.[7] The city is the largest in the state, and it is also the capital of the state. It is located nearly 800 kilometers away from Juba, South Sudan's capital.[9] Before South Sudan split into 28 states, the city used to be the capital of the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, and it served as the county seat of former Aweil Centre County[10]


  1. ^ "South Sudan". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  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. ^ "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. ^ a b c Abraham, Agoth. "Additional Counties Established In Aweil East". Gurtong. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ Aweil State Governor Appoints County Commissioners Gurtong
  9. ^ "Map Showing Juba And Aweil With Distance Marker". Globefeed. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Northern Bahr el Ghazal State (NBEG/NBG)". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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