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Somali President Sharif Appoints New Prime Minister

June 23, 2011

(Updates with departure of previous prime minister in third paragraph, comment from parliamentary speaker in last.)

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed appointed Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as the country’s new prime minister.

The appointment of Ali, the former deputy prime minister and minister of planning and international cooperation, was announced at a ceremony today in the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the capital.

The previous prime minister, Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed, resigned on June 19 as part of an agreement reached 10 days earlier in which the president and the parliamentary speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, deferred elections in the war-torn country for 12 months. The accord called for the appointment of a new prime minister within 30 days.

The deal followed months of dispute between Somalia’s executive and legislative branches over when their terms should end and the date for elections.

Parliamentary speaker Adan welcomed today’s appointment.

“We hope that the new prime minister will improve the situation,” he said at the ceremony. “I hope we can cooperate with him.”

--Editors: Philip Sanders, Karl Maier

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