States of South Sudan

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States of South Sudan
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Category Federated state
Location Republic of South Sudan
Number 32 States
Government State government
Subdivisions County
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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.

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]

States of 2017–present

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

  1. – The now defunct Eastern Nile State was split into 2 individual states, Central Upper Nile State containing Malakal as its capital city. Northern Upper Nile State containing Renk as a capital city.
  1. Akobo State was formed and split from Bieh State, with Akobo as its capital. It comprises Akobo county in the Greater Upper Nile Region.
  1. Maiwut State was formed and split from Latjoor State in the Greater Upper Nile Region retaining Koma, Longuchuk, and Maiwut counties.
  1. Tambura State was formed and split from Gbudwe State, with Tumbura as its capital. It comprises Tumbura and Nagero counties in the Equatoria Region.


Here is the revised list of the 32 states of the Republic of South Sudan

Updated as of November 14, 2017. ([5])

States 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 Currently Vacant
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
States Counties Capital Current Governor Appt. to office date Refs

States 2015–2017

The current 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

States 2011–2015

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

Rebel declaration

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 also


  1. ^ "Kiir and Makuei want 28 states in South Sudan". Radio Tamazuj. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Kiir pressured into taking decree to parliament for approval". Radio Tamazuj. 
  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. ^
  6. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook for Southern Sudan 2010" (PDF). Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. 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 links

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  • "States of South Sudan". Statoids. 
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