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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Somali PM unveils new cabinet lineup

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU - (Anadolu agency and Medeshi) Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke on Thursday unveiled a 40-strong cabinet lineup.

In a press conference in Mogadishu, Sharmarke said the new cabinet would include 26 ministers and deputy ministers as well as 14 state ministers.

The new government, which featured many new faces, also included a new ministry for women.

The new government is expected to be presented to parliament within the next few days for approval.

Analysts believe that the new cabinet will get the confidence of the parliament, given that it includes some parliament members.

Sharmarke was sworn in as Somalia's new prime minister on Dec. 24 of 2014.

Born in Somalia in 1969, Sharmarke is the son of former Somali President Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.

The younger Sharmarke graduated from Somali National University in 1984. In 2000, he received a Master's Degree in economics and political science from Canada's Carlton University.

He currently carries dual Somali-Canadian citizenship.

In 2008, Sharmarke was appointed Somali ambassador to the U.S. He could not, however, carry out his diplomatic responsibilities because Washington did not recognize Somalia's transitional government at the time.

He was appointed prime minister in 2009, but had to submit his resignation one year later due to differences with then-President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

The same year, Sharmarke was appointed Somali ambassador to the U.S. – for the second time – after which he was welcomed by Washington, which had by that time recognized the national government.

List of the ministers 

1. Mohammed Omar Carte, Deputy Prime minister
2. Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Baghdadi, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs
3. Abdirahman Mohamed Hussein, the Ministry of Interior and the Federal
4. Mohamed Ibrahim (Fargeti), Ministry of Finance
5. Abdulkadir Sh.Cali Dini, the Ministry of Defense
6. Abdusalam Hadliye Omar, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
7. Mr. Khadra, the Ministry of Education
8. Nur Farah Hirsi, the Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport
9. Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation
10. Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hussein, the Ministry of Constitution
11. Guled Hussein Qasim, Posts and Telecommunications
12. Ali Ahmed Jama (Jangali), Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
13. Said Hussein Eid, the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Environment
14. Ahmed Hassan Gaboobe, Ministry of Agriculture
15. Abdi Abdirahman Osman, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
16. Saleh Sh. Osman Moses, the Ministry of Public Works.
17. Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar, the Ministry of Women and Human rights.
18. Mohamed Omar Caymooy, the Ministry of Fisheries .
19. Mohamed Mukhtar Ibrahim, Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals
20. Hawo Mohamed Hassan, the Ministry of Health
2e. Abdirisak Omar Mohamed, Ministry of Internal Security
22. Mohamed Hassan Aden , Ministry of Electricity and Water
23. Mohamed  Abdulahi Hassan , Ministry of Youth & Sports
24. Mohamed Hayir, Ministry of Information
25. Abdullahi Ahmed Jama (Ilka-Jiir), the Ministry of Justice
26. Dr. Ibrahim Sh . , the Ministry of Labor