New Somali PM officially takes office
Mogadisho, His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed today officially takes over responsibility and duties of the Office of The Prime Minister. Speaking during the handover ceremony he thanked the president, parliament and the outgoing Prime Minister H.E. Abdi Farah Shirdon for their support during transition. He stated the government’s vision and key priorities.
“I would like to assure the Somali people that we will put together a professional and transparent government that is committed to deliver public services”, the Prime Minister said. Focusing on delivery he stated that the government will utilize the available local knowledge and experience, and will set strategies to build institutional capacities for delivering concrete results to the Somali people.
During handover ceremony Prime Minister outlined his focus on security, economic, social development and rebuilding the legislative branch of the government. He commented on his commitment towards building a capable and technocratic cabinet. He is expected to announce his new cabinet in few days. He stated that cabinet members will be selected based on merit, expertise and experience.
“I am well aware of the reality in Somalia and the constraints facing the government today. I believe we need to have a bold vision to reach a stable, democratic and prosperous Somalia”, The Prime Minister said at the office transfer ceremony.
The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to the New Deal Compact agreed in the Brussels conference on 16th September. He stated that the New Deal will support the institutional capabilities and capacity, services delivery systems and the Federal government by providing a resources and a framework for carrying the Peace-Building and State-Building process.
The ceremony was concluded with the President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud welcoming the new Prime Minister and thanked the outgoing Prime Minister. He urges the Somali people and the international community to provide full support and cooperation to the new government at this critical stage in Somalia.