24.2 C
Saturday, September 23, 2023

Somalia parliament authorizes new prime minister

The selection of Hamza Abdi Barre as the new prime minister has received the approval of the Somalia Parliament. 

At a meeting conducted on Saturday in Mogadishu, more than 200 members of parliament supported Barre, who is a member of both the lower house and the parliament. 

After the voting, Barre promised to build “an effective administration to cope with the current crisis” in an exclusive interview with VOA.  

“I will form a government that would advance the key priorities of my new government, including security, drought response, reconciliation, and development,” Barre said. 

“I thank the respected lawmakers for giving me the confidence, a confidence, I know comes with a burden and challenges, a confidence that makes me both happy and a little bit worried about its extent and the huge expectations.” 

Also Read: War: EU regrets as Russia’s latest operation hits 12 member countries

International humanitarian organizations and the Somalia’s special presidential envoy for drought and climate, Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, continue to warn that Somalia faces a climate emergency and a famine. 

“Our people are facing a severe drought as a result of an unprecedented fourth failed rainy season with catastrophic hunger, and we extremely fear that the situation may turn into a deadly famine, therefore my government will give the priority in dealing with drought response,” Barre said. 

Somalia politics often include disputes between presidents and prime ministers, which is the product of a complex constitution intended to encourage power sharing, which forces an elected president to handpick a prime minister from a rival clan and then hand over certain powers to that unelected post. 

In the past, such disagreements often have paralyzed governments, leading to the eventual ouster of prime ministers by lawmakers. 

Unlike previous prime ministers, though, Barre is a close friend of the current president and served as secretary-general of the president’s Peace and Development Party from 2011 to 2017. 

Also Read: Nigeria’s UN Global Compact Network is mobilizing for sustainable business

Barre says this time around, if any political differences arise between him and the president it will not escalate into tension. 

“It is human nature. We can differ on a political issue, but I assure for Somalis that we will find a mechanism that we can solve our differences without political tension.” Barre said. “I assure you that the president will effectively work together for the betterment of the Somali people.” 

Barre, 48, was elected to Parliament for the first time in December. Previously, he was the chair of the Jubaland regional electoral commission. 

He was nominated June 15 as prime minister by the newly elected president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 

One of the biggest challenges facing his government is the al-Qaida-aligned Islamist group al-Shabab, which still controls large areas of rural southern and central Somalia, continuing to carry out suicide attacks and assassinations in the main cities, including the capital, Mogadishu. 


Chinaza Ogbachalu
Chinaza Ogbachaluhttps://www.chinazaogbachalu.com/
My name is Chinaza Ogbachalu, and I am a writer. I have been writing news and opinion articles for five years plus and have always had a passion for storytelling. I grew up in Nigeria and graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with a degree in linguistics and communication studies. I have written books that have been well-received by critics and readers alike. My work often focuses on culture and lifestyle, and I draw inspiration from my own experiences and observations of the world around me. As a news writer, I am responsible for researching and writing engaging and accurate news stories for our online audience. I have a strong passion for current events and am skilled at conducting interviews and gathering information from sources. I am grateful for the support of my readers and am constantly humbled by their enthusiasm for my work. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my writing.


The 12 Best Food Experiences in Dhaka

Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, is known for...

These Are the Nine Richest Billionaires in Thailand to Know About

Thailand has long been known as a hub for...

Where to See Some of the World’s Most Spectacular Fountains

Fountains are among the most beautiful and captivating water...

15 Surprising and Horrifying Sea Facts You Didn’t Know About

The beauty of the sea is undeniable, but it...

Black History Month: 10 Icons Who Helped Shape America

Black History Month, which is celebrated every February in...