Monday, 5 November 2012

Somali PM announces new Cabinet

Somalia's Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdoon on Sunday announced the much-anticipated 10-member cabinet

The announced cabinet includes two women. One of them, Fowsiya Adan, was named Foreign Minister, first time in the country's history. Speaking at the joint press conference at the State House in Mogadishu, Shirdoon said that he formed small cabinet with security as a priority."Considering the difficult situation our country is in, I have formed a small cabinet of full quality that can lead the country to reliable stability in this difficult time," Prime Minister Shirdon said.

The Minister of defense portfolio went to Abdelhakim Mohamoud Haji Fiqi who held a similar position in the government of former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo between 2010 and 2011.  The current cabinet is the leanest government formed for Somalia.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 conducted to endorse or reject the new ministerial line-up. Somalia has been without a central government since former ruler Mohamed Siyad Barre was ousted in 1991.  (Xinhua)

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