Somalia has new prime minister

Nov. 22, 2007 at 4:13 PM
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BAIDOA, Somalia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Former Somali Red Crescent officer Nor Hassan Hussein has been appointed the new prime minister of Somalia.

Interim President Abdullahi Yusuf announced the appointment Thursday, three weeks after the former premier, Ali Gedi, resigned from his post, SomaliNet reported Thursday.

"I declare Mr. Nor Hassan Hussein as the new premier for the transitional federal government and I am emphasizing him to do the job fairly," Yusuf said at a ceremony in the city of Baidoa.

Hussein called for Somalis to come together to help find solutions to the country's woes.

"I promise to do my job with the respect the federal constitution and I am asking for Somalis, the government institutions and the international community, especially those involved in Somalia affairs, to show support in solving the country's problem," he said at the ceremony.

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