Sunday, December 22, 2013
Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has been appointed as Prime Minister of Somalia, following a vote in the Federal Parliament.
Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, said that Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed takes office as Somalia approaches 2014, which will be a pivotal year in Somalia's progress towards peace and prosperity. Mr. Kay said that the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia(UNSOM), which he heads, will continue to support the Federal Government in its peace- and State-building efforts. He also noted outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid's commitment to the Provisional Federal Constitution and the constructive manner in which he has handed over his responsibilities to his successor. Kay urged Parliament, the Government and the Presidency to continue working together constructively in full respect of the Provisional Federal Constitution.
(mew)(adapted from a UN press release)