17 January 2014

Somalia: PM Reveals Cabinet Line-Up After Deadline Extension By Parliament

Mogadishu — Federal Government of Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed late on Thursday night announced a cabinet line-up consisting of 25 ministers, 25 deputy ministers and 5 state ministers after intense pressure, Garowe Online reports.

Two former cabinet ministers and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's henchmen, Abdikarin Hussein Gulled and Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir have managed to get portfolio in Mohamed's cabinet as national security and federal affairs ministers respectively.

Amid bilateral talks between delegations representing Mogadishu-based Federal Government and Somaliland's separatist administration in the Turkish city of Istanbul, former Foreign Affairs and the country's first woman deputy Prime Minister who hails from the northwestern region, Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan failed to retain her post.

Though, he rebuffed to become a deputy minister, Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed Ahmed Nur Tarsan was placed in the cabinet list as the Deputy Minister of youth and sports.

Federal MPs filed two opposing motions that might disqualify and allow the names of former cabinet members in the declared line-up, heating-up political battle in the parliament.

President Mohamud named Mohamed as Federal Government of Somalia's Prime Minister last month in an effort to appease the supporters of the former Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon who was ousted in parliamentary no-confidence vote on 2nd of December 2013.


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