South Sudan leader sacks health minister

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

No reasons were given for the firing of Minister Elizabeth Acuei Yol.

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

During her tenure, Acuei was praised by health partners for the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But she also faced criticism for her handling of the ministry’s affairs, which saw her booed by MPs in December during a presentation in parliament.

The MPs urged Machar to recommend for her dismissal over what they described as incompetence.

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