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South Sudan Military Officers Ordered to Retire

A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier a military parade in Juba, on May 16, 2012. (Reuters)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered more than 100 senior military officers to retire from active military service, and placed them on a reserve list.

The retired army officers include state governors Taban Deng Gai, of Unity; Louis Lobong Lojore of Eastern Equatoria; Rizik Hassan Zachariah of Western Bahr el Ghazal; and Simon Kun Puoc of Upper Nile state.

Kiir did not explain why he relieved the officers of their military duties.

This is the second time this year that the president of South Sudan has retired senior army officers from active service. In January, Kiir removed 35 top-level military officers from active service.