WASHINGTON (Sh.M.Network)—The US government on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of Abdi Farah Shirdon as the new prime minister of Somalia.
The State Department said in a statement that Washington looks forward to Shirdon’s selection of a new cabinet and its approval by the Somalia’s parliament “in accordance with Somalia’s new provisional constitution.”
Encouraged by parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari’s promise to support the new administration, the State Department said the United States continues to “stand with the Somali people as they stabilize and rebuild their country.”
The statement said Washington also looks forward to “hearing from the new government how we can best work together in partnership for the benefit of Somalia and the region.”
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Saturday named Shirdon, a businessman, as the country’s new prime minister; nearly a month after the president was elected.
Somalia has been without a central government for more than two decades after the overthrow of the former ruler Mohamed Siyad Barre in 1991.
Source: State Department press statement