- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has announced a new, ‘leaner’ cabinet; with a reduced number of cabinet posts and the amalgamation of several ministries. Many have interpreted the reshuffle as being the latest move in a power struggle between the President and the now ousted Vice-President, Riek Machar. Riek Machar has announced his run for president in 2015; meanwhile the SPLM is reportedly launched an investigation into the former Vice-President. Among the new appointees, Aggrey Tisa Sabuni (who Beyond Budgets spoke to last year) has been appointed Minister of Finance, Commerce and Economic Planning.
- The Africa Governance Initiative has launched the first in a series of case studies, showcasing their work. This one looks at Liberia’s 150 day plan. ODI’s Marta Foresti posted a response on the AGI blog.
- The Government of Myanmar’s peace negotiator has called for more aid to help peace process, particularly for helping to resettle returned fighters. Meanwhile, there have been growing calls from the international community for Myanmar to reform its constitution ahead of elections in 2015. A recent reshuffle in the Ministry of Energy was reportedly due to concerns over the transparency of the former minister and deputy minister (who have both been moved to other ministerial postings).
Roundup: South Sudan’s new cabinet and reforms in Myanmar