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MPs to vet Somali PM tomorrow

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By Agencies

Posted  Tuesday, December 17   2013 at  02:00

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According to Somalia’s provisional constitution, the President is to officially introduce his choice of prime minister to the parliament.

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Mogadishu- Somali MPs will vote whether to endorse the newly appointed Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed tomorrow, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Mohamed Osman Jawari said on Sunday.

“Somali President (Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud) accepted to come to the Parliament together with the new premier on December 18 so that the legislators will have a chance to evaluate the new PM,” Mr Jawari said.

President Mohamoud appointed Ahmed as the new head of the government to replace Abdi Farah Shirdon who was thrown out in a vote of no confidence by parliamentary on December 2. New PM Ahmed was appointed on December 12.

According to Somalia’s provisional constitution, the President is to officially introduce his choice of prime minister to the parliament.

The legislators will evaluate the PM’s credentials and policy outlines before voting whether to endorse him or not.
If approved, Mr Ahmed will form his cabinet and seek further approval from the Parliament for the cabinet members and government policies.

According to the Speaker, the parliamentary leadership also discussed on diverse topics, including assessment of the parliament’s operational plan for 2014 and the planning of the parliamentary activities during the remaining sessions of the ongoing 3rd Assembly of the legislators.

Other subject matters included the approval of the new government and budget for 2014 as well as clearing a number of motions already tabled at the parliament.

Following the voting that went against the government led by PM Shirdon, public confidence on the Parliament was boosted.