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Somalia’s new prime minister names his news cabinet

By on March 21, 2017
Khaire's ministerial list will be put before the parliament for approval in the coming days.

Somalia’s new prime minister named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance ministerand a BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat.

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre has nominated on Tuesday his new cabinet that saw reinstating certain ministers from his predecessor’s cabinet, Garowe Online reports. The prime minister named Abdirahman Duale Beyle as his finance minister and Yusuf Garaad Omar as foreign minister. Beyle, a former economist at the African Development Bank, served as foreign minister from 2014 to 2015.

At a news conference at the presidential palace “Villa Somalia” today, Kheyre has picked a 26-member cabinet, including former BBC Somali Service head and current Somali Envoy to UN Yususf Garad Omar and Somali Ambassador to Kenya, Jamal Hasan.

The cabinet included more than 15 Federal MPs who were nominated as ministers, deputy ministers and state ministers. Women got 6 ministerial posts, an increase in women quota in the executive branch, compared to the previous administrations.

However, the nominated cabinet is subject to approval from Somalia’s Federal Parliament before assuming executive mandate.

Hassan Ali Khaire, who was appointed to the post by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed last month, read out his list of cabinet ministers to reporters.

President Mohamed was sworn in last month after unseating Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose administration faced public and Western criticism for corruption scandals.

Somalia has been in turmoil since 1991, hit by decades of conflict at the hands of clan militias.

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