Somalia President Names Prime Minister After Cabinet Dispute

Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud named Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke prime minister after parliament removed the previous head of government because of a disagreement about cabinet appointments.

Sharmarke, the ambassador to the U.S., will replace Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, Mohamoud said today in Mogadishu, the capital. Parliament removed Ahmed from office on Dec. 6 after clashing with the president about a cabinet change.

“I will soon nominate a cabinet that will help the country realize its full potential,” Sharmarke said.

Sharmarke will take over Somalia’s 17th attempt to establish an effective central administration. The country, stuck in a civil war since 1991, has gained ground against al-Shaabab, militants linked to al-Qaeda. The president is using the success to lure investors to rebuild the east African economy.

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