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SPLA officially renamed ’South Sudan People’s Defence Forces’


September 2, 2018 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the South Sudanese army issued a decree providing to formally change the name of the SPLA into South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).

President Salva Kiir walks past SPLA reception parade during 6th command council in Juba on July 27, 2017 (ST)

The decision which was announced on Tuesday evening had been adopted on 3 August 2017 by the sixth Command Council Conference of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The change meant to mark the effective transformation of the national army from a liberation movement into a professional army.

At the time the conference passed several resolutions in that sense.

The presidential decree read on the official TV station provided that the decision comes in line with the resolutions of the SPLA Command Council Conference.

The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the second Sudanese civil war.

As of 2013, South Sudan military was estimated to have 210,000 soldiers.

The SPLA’s change de name intervenes ten days before the start of the implementation of the revitalized security arrangements which include the reunification of the national army before the end of the transitional period.


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  • 3 October 2018 09:41, by Games

    Copy a name from another country to the gangs’ army is not going to change anything

    • 3 October 2018 11:16, by Malakal county Simon

      South Sudan National Army sound better than this copy and paste of UPDF

    • 3 October 2018 19:22, by garrak1520

      What will the change of name brings to the people of South Sudan, more atrocities, hunger, tribal army. Mr.Kiir has no priority, and has no plan for South Sudan. Is it not time to force the man out. No progress since he took over, but killing, looting and divided nation. We as Africans do not need such leader.

  • 3 October 2018 12:39, by Kush Natives

    If anyone above here still a rebels, then stay away from South Sudanese affairs period. What’s wrong with South Sudan People Defense Forces? "Defah Shabbi" which ones sounds Ugandan here folks? All such mentality must cease before you land in Juba Airport!

    • 3 October 2018 12:56, by Malakal county Simon

      What does suggestions has to do with being a rebels?? Please grow up and reason!!

    • 3 October 2018 15:27, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      South Sudan is the business of EVERY South Sudanese and Thouth Thudan is the business of the dinka people...

  • 3 October 2018 17:43, by marie

    This is a counter reaction to the White House declaration of SPLA as a terrorist organization.

  • 3 October 2018 18:06, by Kenyang ll

    South Sudan Defense forces sound strange, foreign. Our country is liberated and fully independence. No need to want to rush to join bogus organizations like Arab League or dress, look and sound exactly like others. But this change is not a priority this time, no need really to insult others or fight over it.

    • 3 October 2018 18:16, by Kenyang ll

      Our ARMY as SOUTH SUDAN ARMY and
      AIRFORCE/ARMY/GAME/POLICE/OTHERS as SOUTH SUDAN (ESE) ARMED FORCES will be adapted at appropriate time.

  • 4 October 2018 09:20, by Jongo

    Guys all above what about if we can rename our arm forces as South Sudan Jenge Primitive Militias look little bit closer this is a one tribe army like you said DEFFA Shabi

  • 4 October 2018 11:21, by Midit Mitot

    South Sudan ARMY FORCES SSAF should be better.

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