Somali President names new PM

13:45, June 24, 2011      

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Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Thursday announced the current acting prime minister as the new prime minister following last week's resignation from the post by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, who served as the Minister for Planning and International Cooperation in the previous cabinet, was, as widely expected, named as the new prime minister for Somalia.

Speaking at a joint press conference held at the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, new Prime Minister Ali promised that his new administration will follow the same policy as his predecessor.

"We will continue the policy of Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi and work to restore peace, improve governance and continue national reconciliation," Ali said after his appointment.

The Harvard graduate has been professor of economics at the Niagara University in New York and has served as a key right-hand man in the former premier's cabinet which has been praised for improving good governance and restoring security in the government controlled part of the capital.

Ali is expected to form his cabinet which will be voted on by the Somali parliament.

The resignation of the former prime minister came after a deal signed in Ugandan capital Kampala between the president and speaker of parliament which stipulated the former Prime Minister resign from his post.

A national consultative meeting for Somalia backed by the United Nations is due to be held in Somalia as a follow-up to two such meetings in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The meeting which will be attended by Somali officials and local tribal leaders will deal with the transition as the tenure of the current administration will end in August 2012.

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