13 November 2012

Somalia: Parliament Approves New Smaller Cabinet

Photo: Stuart Price/UN Photo
Copies of the Qur'an are laid out ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Members of the New Federal Parliament of Somalia (file photo).

Mogadishu — Somalia's parliament on Tuesday passed a vote of confidence in the newly formed cabinet of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, Mohamed Osman Jawari, speaker of the parliament told at the assembly hall in Mogadishu.

The new 10-member cabinet was named by the prime minister after long-term consultations with the president and Somali parliament speaker.

Speaker of the house Mohamed Osman Jawari said "119 out of 225 votes have endorsed the cabinet... that has now got parliament's confidence vote."

Three MPs rejected the cabinet, and three others abstained during the voting process at the parliament hall in Mogadishu in Tuesday.

The PM said the new cabinet is expected to be sworn in news week, the smallest cabinet in the history of the horn of Africa nation,with a female foreign minister and deputy premier.

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