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Somali PM to Appoint New Cabinet  Within a Week


Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf says a new cabinet will be named following the resignations of more than one-third of the current body.

Mr. Yusuf announced the move Monday in a speech to parliament. He says Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi will appoint a new 31-minister cabinet within a week.

Many of the officials who resigned complained that the government based in Baidoa is powerless to bring peace.

Saturday, Ethiopia's foreign minister visited Somalia for talks with Mr. Yusuf about political divisions in the interim government.

The interim administration has been struggling to impose order amid fighting between Somali warlords and Islamist courts based in the capital Mogadishu.

Prime Minister Gedi has vowed to stay in power despite the mass resignations and a no-confidence vote in parliament that he narrowly defeated last month.

An Islamic militia currently controls the capital and much of the south.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.