The president of South Sudan appointed today 32 ministers for his new government.
The new cabinet has eight ministers more than the former government and it includes seven women.
Two ministers from the NCP are still to be appointed.
The new ministries created are Peace and CPA Implementation; Investment; Environment; Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management; Human Resources Development (that split from Labour and Public Service); Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (from Education); Culture and Heritage (from Youth and Sports); and one minister without portfolio.
The new list of ministers presents some surprises: Pagan Amum and Anne Itto (SPLM Secretary General and SPLM Deputy Secretary General for the Southern Sector respectively) became ministers and so did the former governor of Western Equatoria who lost the position to an independent candidate.
The key ministries of Internal Affairs, SPLM Affairs (now also with the Veterans portfolio included); Finance and Planning; Labour and Public Service; Agriculture and Forestry; Roads, and Transport; and Gender and Social Welfare remained in the hands of ministers from the previous government.
Some ministries were given to the opposition parties, including two for the NCP.
This is the full list of GoSS Ministers and respective ministries:
Mr. Kosti Manibe Ngai - Minister of Cabinet Affairs
Pagan Amum - Minister of Peace and CPA Implementation
Nhial Deng Nhial- Minister of SPLA and Veteran Affairs
Deng Alor Kuol - Minister of Regional Cooperation
Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho - Minister in the office of the President
John Luk Jok - Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development
Gier Chouang Aluong - Minister of Internal Affairs
Michael Makuei Lueth - Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
David Deng Athorbei - Minister of Finance and Economic Planning
General Oyay Deng Ajak - Minister of Investment
Mrs. Awut Deng Acuil - Minister of Labour and Public Service
Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin - Minister of Information
Dr. Luke Tombekana Monoja - Minister of Health
Dr. Samson Lukare Kwaje - Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Mr. Anthony Lino Makana - Minister of Roads and Transport
Dr. Michael Milli Hussein - Minister of Education
Mr. Stephen Dhieu - Minister of Commerce and Industry
Minister of Environment (NCP to nominate their person)
Mrs. Jema Nunu Kumba - Minister of Housing and Physical Planning
Mr. Madut Biar Yel - Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services
Mr. Garang Diing Akuong - Minister of Energy and Mining
Mrs. Agnes Kwaje Lasuba - Minister of Gender and Social Welfare
Dr. Anne Itto Leonardo - Minister of Cooperatives and Rural Development
Mr. James Kok Ruea - Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management
Mr. Paul Mayom Akec - Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources
Mr. Joseph Ukel - Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
Minister of Wildlife and Tourism (NCP to nominate their person)
Mrs. Nyalok Tiong Gatluak - Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries
Ms. Mary Jervas Yak - Minister of Human Resources Development
Mr. Makuac Teny Yok - Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation
Mr. Gabriel Changson Chang - Minister of Culture and Heritage
Dr. Priscilla Nyanyang - Minister without Portfolio