Democracy in South Sudan

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Democracy Ratings

Freedom House 2018


7 out of 7

(where lower scores are more democratic)

Freedom Status:

Not Free

EIU Democracy Index 2017


No Data

(where higher scores are more democratic)

World Ranking:

No Data

Polity IV 2016



(from -10 to 10, where higher scores are more democratic)


Failed State

Political System

System of Government Presidential
Presidential Electoral System First past the post
Last Presidential Election 2010
Next Presidential Election 2018
Presidential Term Limits
Last Legislative Election

Next Legislative Election


Number of Seats in Legislature 170
Female quota, representation in lower house Yes: reserved seats


Last presidential election (2010)
Candidate (Party) Votes (%)
1st round 2nd round not needed
Salva Kiir 92.99
Lam Akol 7.01


Last legislative election (2010)    
Party Votes (%) Seats
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement 160
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – Democratic Change 2
National Congress 1
Independents 7


South Sudan on DiA

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22 July 2022

Katarzyna Rybarczyk


7 October 2021

Calum Booth & Nic Cheeseman

Patterns of Genocidal Rape in South Sudan

9 September 2020

Clemence Pinaud

Is South Sudan Doomed to Fail?

4 December 2017

Sam Stratford

Briefing Note: South Sudan conflict

20 April 2015

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