Process of naming a new PM in high gear

Mogadishu, Somalia (SOMALI AGENDA)—Political focus in Mogadishu has turned towards the selection process of the upcoming Prime Minister after the sacking of former Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed by the Somali Parliament. The President is under International pressure to swiftly appoint a new prime minister in order to avoid a political vacuum as the country recovers from years of civil strife.

The political gridlock that paralyzed the Somali government and pitted the country’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed against the powerful Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Farah Sheikh Abdulqadir reached its decisive end on Saturday with the departure of the prime minister. Associates of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Farah Sheikh Abdulqadir are currently consulting with various competing interest groups before reaching a decision on who will fill the vacant prime minister post.

SOMALI AGENDA has learned that four politicians have emerged as the leading contenders to fill Abdiweli’s post. They are the former Prime Minister and current ambassador to the United States, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, outgoing Finance Minister Abdi Halane, outgoing Planning Minister Said Abdullahi Mohamed and US based politician Dr. Bashir Nur Bidar. Sources tell SOMALI AGENDA that associates close to the president are leaning towards the outgoing Planning Minister Said Abdullahi Mohamed while Farah Sheikh Abdulqadir favors someone from his maternal side such as the outgoing Finance Minister Abdi Halane.

The President has promised to name a new Prime Minister within two weeks time after concluding consultations with various interest groups and regional countries.

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