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Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

Somalia's new president appoints prime ministerSomalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as country's new prime minister.

Somali-born Norwegian national Hassan Ali Khaire, the former executive Africa of the British energy explorer Soma Oil, was appointed as the new prime minister on Thursday morning. New prime minister was a Nairobi-based Somali political activist.

United Nations assistance mission in Somalia welcomed new prime minister.

“Good news that President @M_Farmaajo has appointed the country’s new Prime Minister today. Congratulations, Mr. Hassan Ali Khayre. #Somalia,” UN mission tweeted.

The appointment came just before the president departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated. Mohamed flew to Saudi Arabia to visit Islamic holy city, Makah al-Mukarama for Imrah and to pray for the country. He is also expected to meet Saudi Arabian King.

Mohamed, who was inaugurated as president on Wednesday, also holds U.S. citizenship. He was elected earlier this month in a step toward establishing Somalia's first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.
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