President Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a decree firing his brother-in-law, Gregory Deng who was the governor of Gogrial State.

The decree read on the national television, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), did not state the reason for the dismissal of the governor.

He is replaced with Atem Atem as the new governor of Gogrial state.

Kiir also fired Fangak State governor James Kok Ruai and the former Defense Minister John Koang Nyuon is appointed as the new governor.

Gregory is a brother to Salva Kiir’s wife Mary Ayen