12 December 2013

Somalia - President Hassan Names New PM

Mogadishu — Federal Government of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has on Thursday evening appointed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed as the country's Prime Minister following the ouster of Abdi Farah Shirdon from the post, Garowe Online reports.

Mohamed who is Development and International Trade Economist with experiences mostly in leadership positions within regional and international development organizations including Islamic Development Bank and World Bank would be the second head of Mogadishu-based Federal Government's cabinet in 14 months.

At a news conference in Mogadishu, President Hassan said he picked Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed as Somalia Prime Minister asking God to make the huge tasks ahead easy for the new leader.

Shortly after his appointment, the new Prime Minister declared that he will concentrate his work on the New Deal program as part of efforts of reconstructing the war-ravaged nation.

On December 2, Federal Members of parliament ousted Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon in an overwhelming vote after political squabbling that erupted between Mohamud and Shirdon, with 184 lawmakers out of the 249 in the parliament hall voting the Prime Minister out of the office.

275-seat-chamber of Somalia parliament, an often fickle group must approve Mohamed's appointment.

The new Prime Minister is expected to form a new cabinet and step up fights against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group in southern Somalia.

Creating better security in southern and enacting effective public finance policies are also of top priorities for the newly appointed cabinet head.

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