SOMALIA: Economist Replaces Ousted Shirdon as Prime Minister

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Villa Somalia PRESS RELEASE

New PM Abdiweli Sh Ahmed

Somalilandsun – President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as the new Prime Minister of Somalia.

The President said: “I have appointed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed , whom I believe is the man best equipped to lead the Somali government through the next stage of our country’s recovery and reform programme. He has an extremely impressive background in development and economics and a proven track record in a number of leadership positions within international organisations.”

“although there is no mistaking the enormous challenges we face as a country I am confident he has what it takes to make a really positive difference in a short time. I call on Parliament to confirm his appointment in a timely fashion in the interests of Somalia.”

“Once again I pay tribute to the tremendous work and leadership of outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon whom I wish well for the future. We must now redouble our efforts to institutionalize and embed the important reforms we have started and work in earnest towards a new federal constitution and national elections in 2016.”

Under the Somali constitution, the new Prime Minister’s appointment must be confirmed by Parliament.

For Further information, Contact Malik Abdalla Director of Communication Office of the Somalia President Villa Somalia, Mogadishu mabdalla@presidency.gov.so

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