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Somali Lawmakers Approve New PM

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TEHRAN, June 28 (ICANA) – Somali lawmakers have almost unanimously voted for Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as the country's new prime minister, endorsing President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's choice for the post.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:19:57 PM
Somali Lawmakers Approve New PM

On Tuesday, Somali parliamentarians convened in a session in the capital, Mogadishu, to vote for the new premier, a Press TV correspondent reported.

“Four hundred and forty five lawmakers were present, 437 voted in favor of the premier [designate], four rejected and two abstained. The house overwhelmingly endorsed the prime minister,” Somali Parliament Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden announced after the Tuesday session.

Following the vote, Mohamed Ali was sworn in, in front of the parliament.

The new premier, named to the post last Thursday by Ahmed, replaces Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who resigned a week ago under an agreement signed in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The Kampala accord extended the incumbent administration's mandate by 12 months and ended weeks of disputes between Sheikh Ahmed and Sheikh Aden over the post of president.

The newly-appointed prime minister now has 30 days to name a new cabinet, which will also need the approval of the parliamentarians.

Ali, who graduated in Public Administration from Harvard and in Economics from Vanderbilt University, was a professor of economics in the United States before joining the Somali government. He also served as minister for planning and international cooperation.

Somalia has been plagued by ceaseless violence and factional conflicts since the overthrow of former dictator Mohamed Said Bare in 1991.

The African country remains without a functional central government, while the weak administration controls only parts of the capital despite the presence of African Union forces in the country.

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