Somali parliament calls for review of new proposed cabinet

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Somali speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman

By Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – Somalia’s parliament speaker has called for the prime minister to review his proposed cabinet after over 100 lawmakers signed a petition calling for changes, in a further challenge to the new government which is struggling to fight Islamic militants.

Hassan Ali Kheyre, Somali prime minister has unveiled his 67-member cabinet last week. However, a significant number of the country’s legislators have since mounted an opposition against the new cabinet line-ups, citing ‘ineffective selections’ and lack of proper political representations among the country’s stakeholders in line with the power sharing formula.

Writing to the prime minister on Saturday, parliament speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman said that the way the new cabinet was appointed was made in violation of the country’s power-sharing formula.

Members of Somali parliament
Members of Somali parliament

In the new cabinet, women represent 23 percent in the new cabinet while the diaspora secure 60 percent of the portfolios.

Mr. Osman says the lineup goes against the power-sharing formula that clans agreed on previously.

The prime minister was expected to present his proposed cabinet to parliament for approval next week.

The international community has poured in hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years for Somalia’s political and economic recovery.

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