1 February 2014

Somalia: Puntland Cabinet Ministers Sworn-in in Garowe

The new cabinet nominees of Somalia's Puntland government have been sworn-in in the state capital of Garowe on Saturday with President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas present, Garowe Online reports.

Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Omar Amey, Parliament Speaker Saed Hassan Shire, chairman of the Supreme Court and Islamic scholars also attended the swearing-in ceremony that was held at Puntland State House.

In his opening remarks, Parliament Speaker Shire urged the cabinet members to comply with the state constitution and safeguard the interests of their people: "You will be held accountable for your work," he said.

While reiterating his government's commitment to rooting out the corruption, the newly inaugurated President Abdiweli Gaas on his side said that the cabinet nominees are expected to serve Puntland people.

"In order to speed up the administrative efficiency, we appointed you to ministerial posts. I encourage you to execute your routine duties with honest and ease," noted Puntland president.

The swearing-in event concluded with President Gaas along with the Vice President and Parliament speaker posing for photographs with the cabinet ministers in the State House.

Gaas named 46 choices consisting of former presidential candidates, technocrats and politicians last Tuesday after he was elected as Puntland president in the recent presidential elections on 8th of January 2014.

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