South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir late Monday sacked his Chief of General Staff Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak, local media reported.
Gen. Johnson Juma Okot was immediately appointed the new army chief.
“The new Chief of Defense Forces is not new to the military. He [Okot] has been serving for nearly two years as Jok’s deputy. General Okot has just succeeded his boss, so he is not someone being brought from nowhere,” Lul Ruai Koang, the army spokesman, told Radio Tamazuj.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir appointed General Gabriel Jok Riak as the new head of the army in May 2018. Riak’s appointment follows the death in Cairo last month of army chief General James Ajongo after a short illness.
Riak, from Jonglei State in the Upper Nile region, was the deputy army chief for operations and has been serving as the acting army chief.