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Biography of Kiir Mayardit SALVA

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Kiir Mayardit SALVA
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Born on 01/01/1951 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Salva Kiir Mayardit was born in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in 1951.

He is currently head of state of, among others, Southern Sudan, Southern Sudan, Southern Sudan, Southern Sudan and Southern Sudan. His current occupation is politician.

On 2 August 2005, he was nominated John Garang's successor as vice President of Sudan and his first task was to negotiate the peace deal which ended 21 years of civil war. Previously he was deputy leader of the SPLM. In 1983 he was a founder member of the SPLM.

He first joined the Southern Sudan rebels in the 1960's, joining the Sudanese army in 1972 after a peace deal with the President Jaafar Numeiri. Kiir is a Dinka (Sudanese tribe). Kir is well known for always wearing a cowboy hat. In 1983, as an army officer, he was sent to put down a mutiny, which he ended up joining and he ended up helping found the SPLM (the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement).

An attempt to remove Kiir from his post as SPLA chief of staff in 2004 nearly caused the organization to split. He is well known for his heroic military achievements during the civil war. His comments have been well publicized, in 2009, about the aim of achieving an independent southern state, he said, "a second class in your own country" or "a free person in your independent state."

Last update : 07/07/2011

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