In a decree read out on state television and radio on Thursday, Kiir said a third of the ministers in the new 30-member “national unity” cabinet were members of the SPLM-IO party led by Kiir’s long-term rival Riek Machar.
“I, President Salva Kiir do hereby issue this … decree for the appointment of ministers of the transitional government of national unity … effect from April 28,” the statement said.
Mabior, the eldest son of the founder of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) John Garang, was named on the cabinet as the new South Sudan minister of Water Resources and Irrigation.
Mabior has been serving as spokesman for the SPLM-IO.
He was a senior official in the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the South Sudan’s First Vice President designate, Riek Machar.
His mother Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior served as the Minister of Roads and Transport for the autonomous government of Southern Sudan, and as an advisor for the President of South Sudan.
Mabior was also on the team that went to Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia to negotiate the peace deal that resulted into the current transitional government of national unity.