South Sudan's Kiir fires finance minister in latest abrupt cabinet change


South Sudan President Salva Kiir has fired Finance Minister Dier Tong Ngor, the latest abrupt cabinet change in South Sudan.

"You have seen what's happening in the market, I mean how the U.S. dollar is appreciating against the South Sudanese pound," the spokesperson said, when asked why Ngor had been removed after about a year in his post.

The new finance minister will be Bak Barnaba Chol, an economics graduate who is seen as a close political ally of Kiir, the spokesperson said, adding it was routine for Kiir to make cabinet changes when he felt it was necessary.

Kiir has now fired four finance ministers since 2020.


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