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    S/ Sudan - SPLA - Army

    No Army Day festivities for cash-strapped S/Sudan

    APA-Juba (South Sudan)

    South Sudan has cancelled its 35th SPLA Army Day celebrations this year thanks to the country’s biting economic hardship, a spokesman of the military said on Wednesday.

    SPLA army spokesman Brg. General Lul Ruai Koang told journalists that no festivities will be held this year due to the current financial crisis thought to be crippling the government public spending abilities.

    The country celebrates the day on May 16 every year when veterans of the war for independence against neighbouring Sudan and soldiers battling in the civil war are decorated.

    President Salva Kiir, has always presided over a military parade and a celebration of SPLA Day.

    “We are not commemorating the SPLA Day because of financial constraints. We are just congratulating the SPLA soldiers for their sacrifices. One can celebrate it at the individual level,” Lul said.

    The army spokesman pointed out that the security situation is generally stable in the capital Juba.

    South Sudan has been in the throes of a bloody civil conflict since 2013.


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