Somalia’s new prime minister names his cabinet

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Somalia's newly appointed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire attends the Parliament seating where he was confirmed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Somalia's newly appointed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire attends the Parliament seating where he was confirmed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Somalia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire attends the Parliament seating where he was confirmed in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The newly appointed Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre on Tuesday named his 26-strong member cabinet including a former BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat.

The cabinet topped by deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Guled and also a former foreign affairs chief coming in as a finance minister. Abdirahman Duale Beyle, a former economist at the African Development Bank, served as foreign minister from 2014 to 2015.

Hassan Ali Kheyre, who was appointed to the post by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed last month, read out his list of cabinet ministers to reporters.

Notable members of the Cabinet include Mr Abdi Farah Said alias Juha, as the minister for Interior and Federal and Reconciliation Affairs, and Mr Abdurahman Duale Bayle for Finance.

“The time without accountability in the workplace is over and the time of fairness based on two values, integrity and responsibility, is here,” Kheyre said after announcing the appointments.

Members of the Cabinet will be vetted by the legislators prior to taking up office.

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