Somalia prime minister announces 26-man cabinet

Somalia's Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre (Front, Center) pictured at a ceremony in Mogadishu. (Picture courtesy: Somalia PM -Twitter)
Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre (Front, Center) is pictured at a ceremony in Mogadishu. (Picture courtesy: Somalia PM -Twitter)

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre named the country’s new cabinet on Tuesday, some 40 days since he took office.

Barre made the announcement in a televised address, noting that the 26 names nominated were done in consultation with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

He said the nominations were done to dovetail into President Mohamud’s agenda of tackling drought and insecurity, developing the country’s economy and creating jobs for Somali youth.

“After much deliberation with the president and the public, I have named cabinet ministers who have education and experience and they will fulfill their duties,” said Barre.

Mukhtar Robow

Among the new ministers announced on Tuesday, is former al-Shabaab deputy leader and spokesman, Mukhtar Robow.

Robow was named Religion Minister.

Robow defected from al-Shabaab in 2017 due to ideology issues and later called on other members to do the same.

He has been under house arrest for the past three years following a disagreement with former Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

The nominated ministers will still have to be approved by cabinet before they take office.

Prime Minister Barre urged lawmakers to greelight his appointments and also asked citizens to cooperate with the new government.