SPLA Day in South Sudan in 2021

SPLA Day in South Sudan in 2021
Flag of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Image via Office Holidays

  How long until SPLA Day?
SPLA Day
  Dates of SPLA Day in South Sudan
2022 South Sudan Mon, May 16 National Holiday
2021 South Sudan Sun, May 16 National Holiday
2020 South Sudan Sat, May 16 National Holiday
  Summary

Commemorates the foundation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on May 16th 1983.

When is SPLA Day?

SPLA Day is a public holiday in South Sudan on May 16th each year.

Commemorates the foundation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on this day in 1983.

History of SPLA Day

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) was founded as a rebel movement on May 16th 1983. It was led by Commander-in-Chief John Garang de Mabior. Along with the political wing, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the aim of the SPLA was to establish an autonomous Southern Sudan, initially within a united Sudan.

Its military actions against the Sudanese government became the Second Sudanese Civil War that would last until 2005.

After South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, the SPLA became the army of the new country. 

The SPLA was renamed as the South Sudan People's Defense Force in 2018, partly as the SPLA has splintered into so many acronyms over the years that is hard to keep track of who is fighting who.

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