Sudan's SPLM names Salva Kiir as Garang's successor

NAIROBI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Monday named Salva Kiir to succeed its leader John Garang who died in a helicopter crash.

"The SPLM leadership and the SPLA military command joint meeting ... unanimously affirmed General Salva Kiir Mayardit as the chairman of the SPLM and commander in chief of the SPLA," SPLM's senior official Pagan Amun told reporters.

"Therefore he is the nominee to the position of the 1st vice president of the republic of Sudan and the president of the government of South Sudan."


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