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Somali prime minister dissolves newly-unveiled cabinet

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:15PM

Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has dismissed his newly-nominated cabinet because of stiff opposition from the parliament.

"The prime minister has dissolved the new cabinet list he has announced recently and is asking for fourteen more days to form another government," Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari announced on Saturday.

Sharmarke, in a letter to the parliament, which was read out by Jawari, said he had taken into account the "feelings and emotions of the lawmakers."

Political analysts say a cabinet aligned with the policies of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is less likely to get involved in political wrangling.

During a ceremony at the Villa Somalia presidential compound in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu on January 12, Sharmarke had unveiled his 26-member cabinet nearly a month after President Mohamud appointed him to the top job.

Sharmarke faces an uphill battle to rein in corruption, defeat al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militants and rebuild war-ravaged Somalia, which has been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and the al-Shabab militants since 2006.

The militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities in the country by government troops and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is largely made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

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