South Sudan Fires Ministers Allied to Ex-Deputy, Reuters Says

South Sudan President Salva Kiir fired six ministers allied with his long-time rival Riek Machar and replaced them with people linked to a breakaway faction of Machar’s group, Reuters reported.

Kiir dismissed the ministers of interior, petroleum, higher education, labor, water, as well as lands and housing, and named replacements on the recommendation of recently appointed Vice President Taban Deng Gai, the agency said, citing state television.

A transitional government formed by Kiir and Machar in April to end fighting that began in December 2013 has been thrown into turmoil by renewed violence between forces loyal to the two men that claimed at least 270 lives in early July.

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