Southern Liech State

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Southern Liech
Location of Southern Liech in South Sudan
Location of Southern Liech in South Sudan
Country South Sudan
Capital Leer[1]
Number of Counties 3[1]
 • Governor Teker Riek Dong
(2014 Estimate)
 • Total 267,460

Southern Liech State is one of the states of South Sudan. It is located in the Greater Upper Nile region and it borders Northern Liech to the north, Western Bieh to the east, Jonglei to the southeast, Eastern Lakes to the south, Western Lakes to the southwest, and Tonj to the west.


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]

Teker Riek Dong was appointed Governor on 24 December.[5]

Administrative divisions

The state consists of 9 counties:[1]

  • Rubkway County
  • Mayiandit County
  • Tharjiath-bour County
  • Panyinjiar County
  • Nyal County
  • Ganyliel County
  • Dhor-wang County
  • Bou County
  • Thornyor County


  1. ^ a b c Atekdit, Ariik (15 February 2016). "Southern Liech Governor Arrives State Headquarters". Gurtong. Retrieved 14 August 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 2 February 2016.

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