Somali MPs Approve Abdi Barre as New Prime Minister

Somali MPs Approve Abdi Barre as New Prime Minister (News Central TV)

The establishment of a new administration was made possible by the unanimous support of Hamza Abdi Barre as prime minister by Somalia’s parliament on Saturday.

Recall, On June 17, News Central reported that the Somali President Sheikh Mohamud nominated Abdi Barre as the country’s Prime Minister.

The appointment of Barre had the support of all 220 in attendance, and he was subsequently sworn in, according to the parliament speaker.

Creating inclusive political stability “in keeping with” the president’s motto of a reconciled Somalia at peace with the rest of the world, Barre, 48, promised the assembly he would build a “quality” government.

A number of obstacles, such as a growing food crisis and an insurgency led by Al-Shabaab, must be overcome by Somalia’s new administration.

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected by parliament in May following a protracted election process, chose the MP from the semi-autonomous state of Jubaland earlier this month.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

“Our government has an ambitious policy programme which seeks to improve our security, strengthen our economy and deliver basic services for our people,” Mohamud said on Twitter after Barre was approved.

There are expectations that Mohamud’s president will put an end to the roiling political crises that dogged Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s administration and threatened to send the nation back into bloody anarchy.

After announcing on Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, Mohamud himself did not show up at the legislative session.

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Former scholar and peace activist Mohamud served as president from 2012 to 2017, however his first term was marred by allegations of corruption and internal crisis.


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