Somalia's PM expands cabinet with re-shuffle

Somalia's PM re-shuffled and expanded his cabinet.

Somalia's PM expands cabinet with re-shuffle
Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke has re-shuffled and expanded his cabinet in an attempt to end in-fighting as the government faces a insurgency, officials said on Tuesday.

Ali Jama Ahmed and Abdalla Boss Ahmed were named as the new foreign and defence ministers respectively. Both men held these posts in the former transitional federal government.

In addition, the finance portfolio was split into two positions with Abdirahman Omar Osman, the former protocol chief in President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed's office, being named treasury minister alongside Finance Minister Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden.

One senior government official said Sharmarke looked to have heeded appeals from the president's Abgal sub-clan for more influence.

"It seems the prime minister accepted their call and wants to reduce grievances between clans," said the official, who asked not to be named.

Abgal elders held talks with Sharmarke in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya, late last month. The former foreign minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar, was transferred to the water and mineral resources ministry. The new jobs takes the number of cabinet posts to 39.

Mohamed Abdi Ghandi, the former defence minister, becomes Somalia's new transport minister.

Last Mod: 18 Ağustos 2009, 17:21
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