Cabinet of Somalia

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The Cabinet of Somalia is the Council of Ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia. It consists of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister.

Overview[edit]

On October 6, 2012, Abdi Farah Shirdon was appointed the first Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.[1] On November 4, 2012, Shirdon named a new 10 member Cabinet after extensive consultations with local stakeholders. The Council of Ministers consisted of many newcomers, including two women: Fowsiyo Yussuf Haji Aadan as the nation's first female Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Maryam Kassim as Minister of Social Development.[2] The Cabinet was later endorsed by the legislature on November 13, 2012.[3]

Former Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed

On 2 December 2013, a parliamentary vote of confidence was held against Prime Minister Shirdon. Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari subsequently announced that 184 of the present MPs had voted against Shirdon, whereas 65 legislators had voted to retain him.[4]

On 12 December 2013, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed was named the new Prime Minister.[5] On 21 December, legislators endorsed the selection, with 239 of the present 243 MPs voting in favor of Ahmed as Premier, two lawmakers voting against, and two abstaining.[6] On 17 January 2014, Ahmed named a new, larger Cabinet consisting of 25 ministers, 25 deputy ministers and 5 state ministers.[7] Only two council members retained from the previous Shirdon administration.[8] On 21 January 2014, lawmakers largely approved Ahmed's new Council of Ministers. Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari announced that 184 of the 233 MPs present at the legislative session endorsed the Cabinet, 46 voted against it, and 1 lawmaker abstained from voting.[9]

On 25 October 2014, Prime Minister Ahmed made a minor reshuffle of the Cabinet, which President Mohamud immediately rejected.[10][11] The ensuing rift ended on 6 December, when parliament held a vote of confidence vis-a-vis the Premier and his Cabinet. 153 of the present MPs voted in favor of the motion, 80 voted against it, and 2 abstained, thereby ending Ahmed's term as Prime Minister of Somalia.[11]

On 17 December 2014, President Mohamud appointed former Premier Omar Abdirashid Ali Shermarke as the new Prime Minister.[12] On 24 December, the national legislature approved the nomination. Of the 224 MPs present at the parliamentary session, 218 voted in favor of the appointment, none rejected it or abstained, and six left the hall.[13] On 12 January 2015, Sharmarke announced his new Cabinet, consisting of 26 ministers, 25 deputy ministers, and 8 state ministers. Many ministers were retained from the previous Ahmed administration.[14] On 17 January 2015, Prime Minister Sharmarke dissolved his newly nominated cabinet due to vehement opposition by legislators, who rejected the reappointment of certain former ministers.[15] At Sharmarke's behest, the Federal Parliament concurrently granted him a time extension to engage in further consultations before he was to select a new Council of Ministers.[16] On 27 January 2015, Sharmarke appointed a new, smaller 20 minister Cabinet.[17] On 6 February, Sharmarke finalized his cabinet, consisting of 26 ministers, 14 state ministers, and 26 deputy ministers.[18] Federal legislators later approved the new Council of Ministers on 9 February, with 191 voting in favor it, 22 against it, and none abstaining.[19]

Members of the Cabinet[edit]

As of 6 February 2015, the Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia are as follows:[18]

Cabinet Ministers
Cabinet Position Office Holder Party Since
Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan Noah Independent 6 February 2015
Minister of Labour Abdiweli Ibrahim Ali Sheikh Muudey Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Religious Affairs Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Baghdadi Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Justice Abdullahi Ahmed Jama Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdisalam Omer Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Constitutional Affairs Hussein Mohamud Sheikh Hussein Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Commerce and Industry Abdirahman Abdi Osman Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Internal Security Abdirisak Omar Mohamed Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Women and Human Rights Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Ports and Marine Transport Nur Farah Hirsi Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Livestock, and Pasture Said Hussein Iid Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs Abdirahman Mohamed Husen Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation Abdirahman Yusuf Hussein Aynte Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Mohamed Omar Eymooy Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Mohamed Mukhtar Ibrahim Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Electricity and Water Mohamed Hassan Aden Shaahiyow Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Finance Mohamed Adan Ibrahim Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Agriculture Ali Hassan Osman Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Health Hawo Hassan Mohamed Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Public Works and Resettlement Salah Sheikh Osman Mose Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Defense Abdulkadir Sheikh Dini Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Guled Hussein Kasim Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Information Mohamed Hayir Maareeye Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Air Transport and Aviation Ali Ahmed Jama Jangali Independent 6 February 2015
Ministry of Education Khadra Bashir Ali Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Prime Minister
Cabinet Position Office Holder Party Since
Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Omar Arte Independent 6 February 2015

As of 6 February 2015, the State Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Federal Republic of Somalia were as follows:

State Ministers
Cabinet Position Office Holder Party Since
State Minister for Internal Security David Abdirahman Omar Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Interior Abdirashid Mohamed Hiddig Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Commerce and Industry Mohamed Hassan Adam Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Presidential Palace Mahad Mohamed Salad Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Premier's Office for Environment Bur’i Mohamed Hamza Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Prime Minister's Office for Finance Reform Affairs Shariif Mohamed Hassan Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Khalid Ali Omar Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Defense Mohamed Ali Haga Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation Mohamed Hussein Ishaq Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Education Abdullahi Bile Noor Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Information Mohamed Abdi Hassan Independent 6 February 2015
State Minister for Prime Minister's Office for Parliamentary Relations Aadil Sheegow Sagaar Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Ministers
Cabinet Position Office Holder Party Since
Deputy Minister for Labour Osman Libah Ibrahim Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Ma’alim Ali Aden Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Interior Haji Ali Sheikh Mohamed Nur Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Finance Mahmoud Hayyir Ibrahim Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Defense, 1st Abdirahman Kulmiye Hirsi Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Defense, 2nd Abdalla Hussein Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Ali Omar Kadiye Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Education Hamud Ali Hassan Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Ports & Maritime Transport Ahmed Osman Ibrahim Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Abdullahi Sheikh Ali Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Constitution Affairs Abdullahi Yusuf Hassan Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Post and Telecommunications Jaamaal Hassan Ismail Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Transport & Civil Aviation Hirsi Aden Roobe Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Livestock, Forestry & Environment Abdinaasir Mohamed Gaarane Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Agriculture Abdiaziz Saalah Armaan Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Commerce and Industry Mohamed Kheyrow Mohamed Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Public Works Mohamed Omar Gedi Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Women Mumina Sheikh Omar Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Fisheries & Marine Resources Said Jama’a Mohamed Qaalib Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Petroleum & Minerals Resources Mohamed Ahmed Kulan Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Health Osman Mohamed Abdi Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Internal Security Abdinaasir Mohamed Ali Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Water and Electricity Abdihakiim Ige Guled Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Osman Aden Dhuubow Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Information Abdullah Olaad Roobe Independent 6 February 2015
Deputy Minister for Justice Department Fahma Ahmed Noor Independent 6 February 2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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