SACKED: Former South Sudan Finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau. Photo credit/

South Sudan president, Salva Kiir sacked the country’s finance minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau.

Salvatore Garang Mabiordit Wol, a former technical advisor in the trade ministry, replaces Dau.

It remains unclear why the South Sudanese leader opted to sack the finance minister, who was appointed in July 2016.

Analysts, however, attribute the president’s unexpected decision to the rising inflation in the country, worsened by the ongoing civil war.

The president, in a separate decree, appointed Erjok Bullen Geu as the deputy commissioner general of the National Revenue Authority.