Find a list of your saved stories here

South Sudan's leader declares state of emergency in 1 region


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir has declared a state of emergency in parts of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

Army spokesman Col. Santo Domic Chol says this is in response to increased tribal conflict in the region, including revenge killings and cattle raiding. He says it creates further insecurity amid the country's civil war.

Chol said Tuesday that Kiir is giving more power to the judiciary and state governors to ensure the conflict doesn't spread.

The last state of emergency in South Sudan was declared in 2014 in Unity and Jonglei states when opposition militia had reportedly taken control of Bor and Bentiu cities.

The new state of emergency is expected to last 90 days, with a curfew imposed and more government troops dispatched.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent World stories

Related topics

World
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast