Map of South Sudan

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has dismissed Army Chief General Johnson Juma Okot.

He has been replaced by General Santino Deng Wol and reassigned as the country’s ambassador to Belgium.

Also dismissed was General Ruben Malek Riak from his position as Deputy Minister of Defence and replaced with Lt-Gen. Chol Thon Balok.

In a mini reshuffle in the intelligence services, President Kiir also replaced Gen Thomas Duoth Guet as the Director-General of the intelligence wing of the National Security Service (NSS) with Maj-Gen. Simon Yien Makuac.

The president promoted Akol Khor Kuc, the head of the internal security wing of the NSS to the rank of first lieutenant-General, while maintaining his position.

Both Ruben Malek Riak and Thomas Duoth Guet have been reassigned as ambassadors to Eritrea and Kuwait respectively.