Maridi State

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Maridi State
Location of Maridi State in South Sudan
Location of Maridi State in South Sudan
Country South Sudan
Capital Maridi[1]
Number of Counties 2[2]
 • Governor Africano Mande
Population (2014 Estimate)
 • Total 148,100

Maridi State is one of the 28 states of South Sudan, formed on 2 October 2015. It is located in the Equatoria region, and it was part of the former state of Western Equatoria before the original 10 state split up. Maridi State borders the states of Amadi State, Gbudwe State, Western Lakes State, and Yei River State.[3]


Before a decree in October 2015, Maridi State was part of Western Equatoria state. On 2 October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree establishing 28 states in place of the 10 constitutionally established states.[4] 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.[5] In November the South Sudanese parliament empowered President Kiir to create new states.[6]

Africano Mande was appointed as the governor of the state on 24 December 2015.[7]


Maridi State is located in the Equatoria region, and it borders Western Lakes to the north, Yei River to the southeast, Gbudwe to the west, and Amadi to the east.[3]

Administrative divisions

Maridi state consists of two counties. The two counties are Ibba County and Maridi County.[2] Each county was also given a commissioner.[3]

Towns and cities

The capital of Maridi State is the city of Maridi, South Sudan.[2] Other towns and villages in the state include Ibba,[8] Bangasu, and James Diko, all of which belongs to Ibba county. Their total combined population was 41,869 in 2008, and was projected at 47,810 in 2014.[9]


  1. ^ Nashion, Joseph (16 February 2016). "Maridi State Government Releases 40 Youth Previously Arrested In Connection To Rebellion". Gurtong. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Maridi Citizens in Juba welcome new state". The Nation Mirror. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maridi State". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. 
  6. ^ "South Sudan's Kiir appoints governors of 28 new states". Sudan Tribune. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Ibba". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ibba (County, South Sudan)". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
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