Dec 17, 2014 12:54 PM

Somali president appoints new prime minister

The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister after the parliament voted to oust the former one following a political feud.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Wednesday appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who resigned as prime minister in 2010 after tensions with former president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

Parliament ousted Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed from office earlier this month capping off a long-standing feud between the two leaders.

The United States and the U.N., among others, have warned that the political infighting in Somalia is putting at risk the recent security gains made in the country.

Security has improved in recent years but the federal government remains weak and ineffective and wields little power outside the capital Mogadishu.


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