Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca rejects Somali nominations

The deal calls for Ahlu Sunna members to join the government, although neither side has said how many seats in the cabinet the group would be given.

Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca rejects Somali nominations

Somalia's prime minister has named two ministers from the pro-government group Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca in a power-sharing deal, a government spokesman said on Saturday, but the group rejected his choices.

Ahmed Abdi Salan was named security minister and Yusuf Dhulow was named planning and international cooperation minister. Both are from Ahlu Sunna, but the group, said it did not support their nominations.

"The ministers the government appointed today do not represent Ahlu Sunna. This makes the power sharing agreement null and void," sheikh Abdullahi sheikh Abu Yusuf, the spokesman of Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca, told Reuters.

The two sides signed a deal earlier this year against the al Shabaab fighters and those from the Hizbul Islam group.

The deal calls for Ahlu Sunna members to join the government, although neither side has said how many seats in the cabinet the group would be given.

In Saturday's reshuffle, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke also named veteran Somali diplomat Yusuf Ibrahim Hassan as foreign minister and Abukar Abdi Osman as defence minister. It was not immediately clear if either of them have ties to Ahlu Sunna.

Reuters

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