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
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