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Somali President Names PM

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The new Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon speaks during a ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia, October 6, 2012.
Somalia's new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has announced his choice of a political newcomer to serve as the country's prime minister.

President Mohamud, on Saturday, announced his selection of Abdi Farah Shirdoon Saaid, a Kenya-based businessman.

A correspondent in Somalia says that Mohamud announced his choice after holding a series of consultations with Somali leaders and clan elders.

Saaid is the husband of Asha Haji Elmi, a prominent peace activist.

Mohamud was elected president by Somalia's parliament in September. The election was the final step of a U.N.-backed plan to bring a stable central government to Somalia, following two decades of chaos and conflict.

The last stable government collapsed in 1991.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.