Somalia: Sharif Appoints a Political Novice to PM

Somalia: Sharif Appoints a Political Novice to PM14 Oct 14, 2010 – 12:25:55 PMSomalia President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed appointed a new Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed almost a month after the resignation of prime minister omar Abdirashid. Radio Garowe Reports.

“I appointed Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed who was a former Somali diplomat to be the prime minister of Somalia,” Ahmed told reporters in his office in the capital Mogadishu
According to Somali government statement, Abdullahi worked in the Somali Embassy in Washington from 1985 to 1988.

The prime Minister has trained conflict resolution and leadership skills at Erie Community College, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, He has a master’s degree in political science from SUNY-Buffalo, the statement read
Abdullahi was born in Mogadishu in 1962, he held jobs in the U.S. including municipal posts in the Buffalo District.

Former Somalia’s prime minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke resigned on 21 last month to prevent what he called political turmoil amid an impasse with the country’s president.
The resignation comes amid a rift between Sharmarke and Ahmed over a new draft constitution. The two have not gotten along for months, and a vote of confidence on the prime minister had been scheduled over the past month.
Independent Analyst tells Garowe online that Mr. Mohamad’s appointment violates both the later and the spirit of the Djabouti peace process which stipulated that the top position are divided betwen the TFG led by Abdulahi Yusuf and the UIC [ Islamic Courts Union] which was formerly led by Sheikh Sharif among the others.
Somalia has been wracked by conflict ever since President Siad Barre was ousted in 1991 and although the administration of President Ahmed has the backing of the United Nations and AU, he faces a stubborn armed resistance from the very Islamist insurgent groups he created to fight against his predecessor. GAROWEONLINE


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