Lakes (state)

Lakes (State)

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Lakes is one of the 10 states of South Sudan. It has an area of 40,235 km². Rumbek is the capital of the state. Lakes is in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan, in addition to Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Warrap states. Bahr el Ghazal itself was a former province which was split from the Anglo-Egyptian mudiriyat, or province of Equatoria in 1948. The eastern border is the White Nile with Jonglei on the opposite bank. To the northeast lies Unity state. Other borders include Warrap state towards the northwest, Western Equatoria to the south and west, and Central Equatoria to the south.

As of July 2011, Ramciel in Lakes state is under consideration by the federal government as a site for a new national capital, which would replace Juba.

Like all states in South Sudan, Lakes is divided into counties; there are 8 counties, each headed by a County Commissioner. The counties are further divided into Payams, then Bomas.


  • Caretaker-Governor - Telar Ring Deng (SPLM).
  • Deputy Governor and State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies – Lt. Col. David Nok Marial Buot (formerly Awan Guol Riak)
  • Director General for Local Government and Traditional Authority - Samuel Mabor Kedit
  • Minister of Education - Mr. Gordon Maker Abol (USAP)
  • Minister of Finance and Economic Planning - Hon Gordon Matot Tut(SPLM)
  • Director General for Finance and Administration - Abednego Maker Majak
  • Minister of Health - Dr.......
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