Somalia: Somali PM announces new cabinet

Somali Prime Minister in the ceremony to announce his new cabinet.
Somali Prime Minister in the ceremony to announce his new cabinet.

Somalia’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, has announced his first cabinet of 25 ministers on Thursday evening in the capital Mogadishu.

The cabinet includes two female ministers and some new faces such as Abdirahman Duale Beyle, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Beyle was a senior member of the African Development Bank based in Tunisia. He hails from Somaliland, a self declared republic in northern Somalia. Talks between Somali government and Somaliland are under way in Turkey.

Two members of the new cabinet previously held positions in the former government of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon who was lost the confidence of Somali parliament in December last year.

Abdikarim Guled, the new Minister of National Security served as Minister of Interior in the former government and Farah Abdulkadir, the Minister of Justice and Constitution also served as state minister for the presidential palace.

This is the largest number of cabinet that was formed since Somalia got its first permanent government in September 2012. The previous cabinet consisted of only 10 ministers.

The prime minister is expected to present his cabinet and its program to the Somali parliament in next few days when a vote of confidence will be carried out to endorse or reject the new ministerial line-up.

Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, welcomed the appointment of the council of ministers announced by his premier and called for the parliament to approve it.

Many challenges are facing the new cabinet, including restoring security, fighting against terrorism, completing the constitution and leading the country into general elections in 2016.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since former president Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991.



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