Friday, 12 November 2010

Somali PM unveils leaner cabinet

MOGADISHU — Somalia's newly appointed prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on Friday unveiled an 18-minister cabinet line-up drastically downsized from the previous 39-strong government.

"The Somali people and the international community were waiting for a competent and credible Somali cabinet, and I am happy to appoint this lean but capable cabinet," he said in a statement.

Only two members of the Western-backed transitional federal government (TFG), which collapsed following a dispute between then premier Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke and President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, kept their jobs.

The new line-up also sees the entry of Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa, a powerful Sufi organisation that took up arms two years ago to fight the Shebab, an Al Qaeda-inspired group that has waged a fierce insurgency against the TFG  Read More

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