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Peter Yak Gadet (or Gatdet, Gadiet) is a former Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) general who is now the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), the largest rebel movement in South Sudan.[1][2][3]


General Gadet was a member of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War. He joined the SPLA after the Juba Declaration of 8 January 2006, but said that he was marginalized and that the army was dominated by tribal nepotism. In April 2011 Gadet emerged as leader of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a new militia demanding a more broadly-based government.[4] In Unity State, he began an assault on the SPLA, leaving at least 45 people dead.[5] According to the military, 20 of the victims were southern army soldiers.[6]

In August 2011, SSLA's spokesperson has said that the movement has declared a ceasefire with the government.[1] Gadet integrated his forces into the army and became the 8th Division Commander.[7]

Amidst the 2013 South Sudan political crisis, he mutinied again and his mainly Nuer militia claimed control of Bor, South Sudan. Riek Machar claims Gadet has been installed as military governor of Jonglei.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is an ethnic Nuer. His wife is the daughter of Gatluak Gai, a rebel general.[9] He is also on the board of advisers of the US-based Jarch Management Group, which has obtained oil concessions on large areas of land in South Sudan.,[10] his where about is not clearly know, as many civilians claimed his death in Bor county.Gadet was the comander of Division eight.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "South Sudan's SSLA Unity State rebels' ceasefire". bbcnews.com. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ "S. Sudan army criticizes Peter Gadet over "Mayom" defection declaration". Sudantribune.com. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  3. ^ "SPLA set fire to more than 7000 homes in Unity says Mayom country official". sudantribune.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ "New Rebel Group Calls to Overthrow South Sudan Government". Sudan Tribune. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ "South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57". BBCnews.com. 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Dozens killed in South Sudan clash". Aljazeera.net/english. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Nine questions about the South Sudan crisis". radiotamazuj.org. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "South Sudan rebel Riek Machar ‘controls key state". newstalk931.com. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Copnall, James (23 July 2011). "South Sudan rebel Gatluak Gai killed after peace deal". BBC. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Profile: South Sudan army defector Peter Gadet". bbcnews.co.uk. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:16 -0700

Meanwhile, the rebels declared on Tuesday that its leadership had changed command with Peter Gadet Yak becoming Unity state's military governor while James Koang Chuol assumes the overall rebel commander's role. These changes allegedly resulted ...
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Peter Gadet Yak, who was commanding the SPLA's 8th division in Jonglei state, was the first senior military officer to break ranks and declare armed opposition to the government. General Yak claimed his action was necessitated by the killing of ...


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Signe de l'importance stratégique de cette bataille, ce sont les deux plus puissants généraux, parmi les insurgés, qui ont lancé l'attaque, à savoir Peter Gadet dont les hommes combattaient en janvier dans la ville de Bor et James Koang Chol et sa ...

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