The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has welcomed the announcement of the new Somali cabinet
by the new Prime Minister Omar Shamarke.
special representative said the fact that the Prime Minister chose a Government
of National Unity as outlined in the 2008 UN-facilitated Djibouti Agreement.
Rashid Abdi, an analyst with the International
Crisis Group who monitored the announcement from his base in Nairobi Kenya,
told Nightline’s Akwei Thompson contrary to earlier speculation of a leaner,
smaller government, this, “by many people’s standards” is a bloated 36-member cabinet including three deputy prime ministers and for the first
time, three women.
said a cursory glance at the appointments shows that the powerful ministries
have gone to the Alliance for The Re-liberation of Somalia, led by Sheikh
also looks like the clan quota system, which is called "4.5" was used in making
the cabinet election, he added.”
Kenyan-based Somali analyst thinks there was a determination to avoid the old
practice of recycling leaders.
of the ministers are youthful, and they are new to the cabinet,” Abdi said.