Lol State

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Lol State
Location of Lol State in South Sudan
Location of Lol State in South Sudan
Country South Sudan
Capital Raga[1]
Number of Counties 11 [2]
 • Governor Rezik Zechariah Hassan
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total 650,140

Lol is one of the 28 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.[3]


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]

Rezik Zechariah Hassan was appointed as Governor on 24 December 2015.[6]


Administrative Counties

After the split up, Lol State broke down even further for a total of 11 counties in the state. The 11 counties is part of the 180 counties in South Sudan. The 11 counties are Eri, Gomjuer West, Gomjuer East, Korok West, Korok East, Kuru, Majakbai, Marialbai, Malual North, Malual Centre, and Ringi.[2]

Towns and Cities

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.[7][8]


  1. ^ "South Sudan army says "bandits" repulsed from Lol state capital". Sudan Tribune. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "S. Sudan's Kiir approves creation of 11 counties in Lol state". Sudan Tribune. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  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. 
  7. ^ "Deim Zubeir, Sudan - Geographical Names, map, geographic coordinates". 1993-09-24. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gossinga, South Sudan - Geographical Names, map, geographic coordinates". Retrieved 26 October 2016. 

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