President appoints economist as new PM


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appointed an economist, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, to be his new prime minister. The appointment has to be approved by parliament before the building of a new Cabinet can begin.

Born in the South-Western region of Goba in 1959 the prime minister designate obtained a first degree in economics at the Somali National University in Mogadishu. In 1991 he moved to Canada where he obtained an MA in Economics and went on to work for the Bank of Canada between 1998 and 2003. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked for the African Union before joining the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African states (COMESA). In 2010 until his new appointment he worked for the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister designate has no political background, is married with children and speaks five languages, Somali, Arabic, Italian, English and a little French.

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