South Sudan President Kiir sack army chief Gen Jok

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit has sacked his army chief without giving any reason.

A presidential decree announced on national television said Chief of Defense Forces General Gabriel Jok Riak had been removed from office with immediate effect.

Jok was appointed as head of the army in May 2018, following the death of General James Ajongo after a short illness.

In another decree, Kiir appointed General Johnson Juma Okot as the new army chief.

The new army chief was the assistant chief of defense forces for administration and finance.

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang it was a prerogative of the president to remove the military chief.

He said the move was a routine changing of personnel.

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