Somalia: President Hassan Sheikh appoints new prime minister

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed Hamza Abdi Barre as the new prime minister of Somalia.

Hamza Abdi Barre was the former secretary general of the UPD party led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and also served as chairman of the Jubaland Electoral Commission, following the re-election of President Ahmed Madobe.

Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre, who specializes in governance, has worked on constitutional issues, education and state-building in Somalia, has extensive experience in the country’s political process and reconciliation, and is one of the leading Somali scholars in education in the country, after the collapse of the central government.

Hamza Abdi Barre is the first non-diaspora prime minister to be appointed to this position since recent times.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called on Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre to form a capable government that will work to strengthen security, drought relief, reconciliation, complete the constitutional review and improve governance, as well as improve diplomatic relations with the world.

The President called on the people of Somalia to support the new Prime Minister in fulfilling his constitutional responsibilities, and wished him well in his new role.

Sources add that President Hassan Sheikh had chosen Hamza as an acquaintance, with whom he had worked for some time, which could ease the potential of rift between the two.

Hamza Abdi Barre is also very close to Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe, and was the first member of parliament to be elected in Jubaland, on December 28, 2021.

Hamza Abdi Barre was born in Kismayo in the Lower Juba region of southern Somalia in the early 1970s.

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