Somali president appoints Hamza Abdi Barre as prime minister

TEHRAN, Jun. 15 (MNA) – Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday appointed Hamza Abdi Barre as the country's prime minister, he said on the state broadcaster.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appointed lawmaker Hamza Abdi Barre as the country’s prime minister on Wednesday, with the new premier facing a host of challenges including a looming famine and an Al-Shabab insurgency, France 24 reported.

“The president wishes the new PM utmost success as he leads the government’s ambitious reform agenda and calls on Somali people to render him their unwavering support,” the presidency said on Twitter.

The 48-year-old MP from the semi-autonomous state of Jubaland replaces Mohamed Hussein Roble, whose 22 months in office were marred by a rancorous dispute with Mohamud’s predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed that threatened to plunge Somalia back into violent chaos.

“I am very happy that I have your confidence Mr President, and this shows that you believe I can be trusted with this huge task,” Barre told a joint press conference, promising “to work day and night” at the job.

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