Somali's president appoints Hassan Ali Khayre, a former aid worker as his new prime minister, before heading to Saudi Arabia
Khayre also spelt as Khaire now awaits parliamentary approval where 275 members of parliament and 54 senators will have to approve him.
Khayre also spelt as Khaire now awaits parliamentary approval where 275 members of parliament and 54 senators will have to approve him, however analysts predicts a smooth sailing for the new prime minister.
Before heading to Saudi Arabia, Farmajo called on parliament to approve his candidate saying he had confident in his abilities.
He described the new prime minister as a visionary leader who can assist in delivering some of his campaign pledges.
Political analysts also points out that Farmajo is keen to ensure clan balance and hence one of the reasons for the choice.
Hassan belongs to Hawiye clan, one of the main tribes in Somalia while Farmoja comes from Darod, another major clan in Somalia
Not much is known about Hassan’s political experience but he is well educated having schooled in Norway and United Kingdom before coming back to Somalia.
He is an experienced businessman and started his career as a humanitarian worker, working with the Norwegian refugee council before moving to Soma Oil and Gas Company, A British oil and gas exploration company where he served as a director.
Hassan who holds dual Norwegian and Somali citizenship was nearly convicted in Britain over alleged wrongdoing during his tenure in Soma Oil and Gas. However, Britain's Serious Fraud Office closed the investigation and said that there was "insufficient evidence” to prove that Khayre was guilty.
He is a close associate of former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Somali’s president stated he was travelling to Saudi Arabia on unofficial state visit to discuss with the Arab Kingdom on how they can support him in his bid to stabilize the county in terms of building a strong and a formidable national army.
He also hopes the Saudi government can help his administration fulfill some of his campaign pledges like employment opportunities through initiating development projects in Somalia.
Farmoja went to Saudi Arabia at a crucial time when severe drought is ravaging parts of Somalia and hopes to convince the Oil rich Arab nation to lend a hand in providing humanitarian assistance to Somalia before the ongoing drought unfolds into famine.
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