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New Somali Minister and Deputies Resign

A minister appointed to Somalia's new transitional government and two deputies have resigned, saying the cabinet is too large.

Minister of state in the prime minister's office, Mohamed Abdullahi Kamil, announced his resignation Wednesday in Kenya, where the Somali government has been meeting due to security fears at home.

Mr. Kamil criticized the cabinet of nearly 80 members as too expensive for a poor country like Somalia.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi named most of the cabinet last week, as part of efforts to form a new central government.

The east African country has been ruled by warlords and clans since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.