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South Sudan leader fires 5 ministers close to opposition

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (L) fired five ministers and filled the positions with allies of the new vice president, Taban Deng GaiSouth Sudanese President Salva Kiir has fired five ministers, according to an official decree, in a move that removed figures known for close ties to ex-rebel leader Riek Machar. Under a peace agreement signed in August 2015, Kiir headed the government while Machar was given the position of first vice president. Deng, who leads a faction of Machar’s SPLM/A (IO) party, was named vice president by Kiir after being fired as a minister by his own party leader.

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