MOGADISHU, Somalia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Somali prime minister is called on to appoint a new government "without delay," the U.N. envoy for the war-torn country said.
Somali lawmakers endorsed formally Abdi Farah Shirdon as the prime minister. Augustine Mahiga, U.N. special envoy to Somalia, said the endorsement shows Somali leaders are supportive of a government moving slowly away from long-term transition.
Shirdon received unanimous support from Somali lawmakers. The election of a president, appointment of parliamentarians and Shirdon's endorsement consolidates a formal administration in Mogadishu, where there hasn't been a central government since 1991.
Mahiga said that despite the political progress, lawmakers had more work remaining.
"I call on the new prime minister to appoint without delay a new council of ministers. There is much to do and little time to waste," he said in a statement.
The Somalia government is struggling to exert its authority across a country where al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida ally, remains in partial control. Kismayo, an al-Shabaab stronghold along the Somali coast, fell to invading African forces recently, however.