UN chief appoints new head of S. Sudan mission

Ban Ki-Moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced the appointment of David Shearer from New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan.

He takes over from Ellen Margrethe Loj, from Denmark.

The UN statement said she completed her assignment at the end of November and thanked her for her work.

In contrast, last month Mr Ban Ki-Moon sacked the Commander of the UN force in South Sudan, Kenyan Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki after a report said the force had failed to protect civilians when government soldiers attacked an international aid compound.

A local journalist was killed and aid workers were raped during the attack in July.

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