Elizabeth Acuei Yol

South Sudan: President Salva Kiir sacks health minister

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has sacked health minister, Elizabeth Acuei Yol, according to a decree announced by state media on Wednesday night.

No reasons were given for the firing of the minister.

Ms Yol is the first cabinet minister from the party of the First Vice-President Riek Machar, the Sudan People’s Liberation in Opposition (SPLM-IO), to be dismissed from the unity government.

Although Ms Acuei has been praised by health partners for the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she has also been criticized for her handling of ministry affairs, which saw her booed by MPs in December during of a presentation to parliament, the BBC reports.

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