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Somali prez names new PM

Somalia’s president has appointed as prime minister a relatively little known businessman, Abdi Farah Shirdon Said, senior government sources said on Sunday.

‘Said has been named as the prime minister,’ a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, ahead of an expected official statement.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who himself only took office last month after being chosen by parliament in a UN-backed process, selected his close ally Shirdon to the powerful position, the sources said.

Shirdon, from the south-west Gedo region and the Marehan branch of the Darod clan, graduated from Mogadishu university, but has since spent much of the past two decades in the Kenyan capital Nairobi running an import-export business.

He is a close friend of the president, who comes from the powerful Hawiye clan, the majority group in Mogadishu.


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