President Salva Kiir has appointed Nhial Deng Nhial minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation, a position he held before.
He was appointed through a decree announced on the state-run SSBC on Tuesday evening.
Nhial replaces Deng Alor Kuol – who in February swore not to return to Juba, saying the Kiir administration did not “appreciate” or “respect” his work as the minister in charge of foreign affairs.
Nhial – the chief negotiator of the government in the peace talks – has held several positions since the inception of the government in 2005, including defense and veteran affairs.
The 66-year-old is also a member of the ruling party’s highest organ, the SPLM Political Bureau.
As the foreign affairs minister in 2012, critics blamed poor diplomacy over Panthou occupation on Nhial.