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South Sudan Plans its New Capital

A brand new capital city is being planned for the recently approved new country of South Sudan. Juba, the region's current capital, is seen as too chaotic to serve as the new country's capital.

The new city would move the center of power from Juba, which many in the city oppose. One possible location for the new capital is the central city of Ramshel.

"The Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) Investment Minister, Oyay Deng Ajak, revealed the plans in his capacity as chairman of a committee, which was appointed by Southern Sudan's President Salva Kiir. The committee has a mandate to consult local communities in the planning for a new seat of government, ahead of the expected secession of Southern Sudan on 9 July 2011.

Oyay assured on Monday that GoSS wants a capital city chosen by the people. "The people of Southern Sudan collectively fought so that we have a capital city that belongs to all of us," he said. Juba, located in Central Equatoria State, is the current capital of Southern Sudan."

Full Story: New country, new capital

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