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Daily Briefing: Somalia Appoints New Prime Minister

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has picked Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on September 18 2020 appointed the political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as the country’s prime minister, hours after brokering an agreement with regional leaders in Mogadishu, shortly after reaching an agreement on the upcoming elections.

Relations have also been rocky between the federal government and regional states as they quarrel over power and resources.

Roble, the new prime minister, studied civil engineering and previously worked for the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations agency. He replaces Hassan Ali Khaire, who was sacked in July after a power struggle over whether to delay a national election due next year.

He is expected to demonstrate adequate loyalty to his boss, something his predecessor was accused of lacking, to the extent of being seen as planning to muddle the president’s legacy.

Mohamed Hussein Roble will now form a new government that will lead the country through the transition period as the country prepares for a general election.

Roble usually referred to by his nickname of “Farmaajo” is likely to run for a second term as president when polls are held, competing against at least two other former presidents.

The impact of nearly two-and-a-half decades of armed conflict in Somalia were thousands of people have been killed in the war so far.

An African Union peacekeeping force set up in 2017 has clawed back control of much of the country from the insurgents, giving space for fragile political institutions to emerge. Young diaspora Somalis are coming home and construction in the capital is booming.

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But corruption is endemic, the peacekeepers have begun reducing their presence, and the al-Shabaab insurgency still mounts deadly attacks on a near-daily basis, even within the capital.


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