Sacking of South Sudan’s female foreign minister sparks debate

Africa

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked the country’s foreign minister.

The sacking of Beatrice Khamisa Wani Noah was announced in a presidential decree read on the national broadcaster SSBC on Thursday night.

Reasons for her removal from office were not given.

Wani Noah has been replaced with Mayiik Ayii Deng, the former minister for presidential affairs who was sacked in last year.

The veteran South Sudanese female diplomat was the second woman in South Sudan to hold the foreign affairs post.

Appointed on the ticket of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party of President Kiir, she assumed the position in the national unity government in February last year.

Khamisa’s dismissal has generated social media buzz among South Sudanese – both in the country and in the diaspora.

Some online users have condemned her sacking and replacement with a man – calling it a blatant violation of the 35% affirmative action allocated to women in the revitalised peace agreement.

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