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Somali new president appoints PM

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed former humanitarian worker, Hassan Ali Khaire as the country’s new prime minister.

Khaire, who used to work for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as a regional director, holds a dual Somali-Norwegian citizenship and is a businessman. He was also the director of the African division of the British oil explorer Soma Oil and Gas Holdings.

President Mohamed named his prime minister a day after his inauguration witnessed by regional leaders and members of the international community.

Khaire was cleared last year by the United Nations after he was mentioned in a UN monitoring report in 2015 to have had links with extremist groups in the Horn of Africa.

Mohamed made the announcement before departing for his first official trip as president to Saudi Arabia.

Khaire will now form a new Council of Ministers and submit the candidates, including himself, to the Somali Parliament for review.


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