Somalia:President welcomes Parliament’s approval of new Cabinet Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today welcomed Parliament,s
vote approving the new Council of Ministers.

In a landslide vote Parliament confirmed Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed
Mohamed’s Cabinet.

The President said: “I congratulate the Prime Minister and welcome and commend
this responsible and democratic vote by parliament. This is an important step
forward for Somalia, which everyone should welcome. The approval of a new Cabinet,
which will represent Somalis from all parts of the country, was taken in the
national interest and shows our people, as well as our international partners, that
our state institutions are growing in maturity and responsibility.

It is now imperative that the new government begins its work. It has one of
the most challenging agendas in the world and Somalis expect progress in many areas.
We must extend security across Somalia and eliminate the threat of Al Shabaab. As
new areas come under government control, we need to begin delivering basic public
services, including healthcare and education.”

“One of the most important tests of the governments ongoing public finance
management reform will be when it institutes tax collection, which is a major
requirement for Somalia and a critical milestone on the road to full recovery and
economic development. Parliament’s constructive role in reviewing, revising
and approving the legislation that enacts all these reforms will be absolutely