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Salva Kiir Mayardit
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1st President of South Sudan
Assumed office
9 July 2011
Vice President Riek Machar (2011-13)
James Wani Igga (2013-2016)
Riek Machar (April–July 2016)
Taban Deng Gai (July 2016-present)
Preceded by Position established (Omar al-Bashir as President of Sudan and Himself President of Southern Sudan)
President of Southern Sudan
In office
30 July 2005 – 9 July 2011
Acting: 30 July 2005 – 11 August 2005
Vice President Riek Machar
Preceded by John Garang
Succeeded by Position abolished
First Vice President of Sudan
In office
11 August 2005 – 9 July 2011
President Omar al-Bashir
Preceded by John Garang
Succeeded by Ali Osman Taha
Vice President of Southern Sudan
In office
9 July 2005 – 11 August 2005
President John Garang
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Riek Machar
Personal details
Born September 13, 1951 (1951-09-13) (age 70)
Bahr el Ghazal, Sudan
(now South Sudan)
Political party Sudan People's Liberation Movement
Spouse(s) Mary Ayen Mayardit
Aluel William Nyuon Bany (2014-?)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Also known as Kiir Kuethpiny Thiik Atem

Salva Kiir Mayardit (born 13 September 1951) is a South Sudanese politician who has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011. Prior to independence, he was President of the Government of Southern Sudan, as well as First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011.

Mayardit was born on September 13, 1951 in Bahr el Ghazal, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan.

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