Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke appointed Prime Minister


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the new Prime Minister. His appointment follows the dismissal of Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed by Parliament on 6th December.

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (54) is the son of former President and Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, who was assassinated in 1969. He has a degree in Political Science and another in Political Economy from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Sharmarke is a career diplomat who has worked for the United Nations in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone. He was Prime Minister of Somalia from February 2009 to September 2010. In July 2014 he was appointed as Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States.

The new Prime Minister will now have the job of assembling a new Cabinet.

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