UN CHIEF WELCOMES SWEARING-IN OF NEW SOMALI CABINET MINISTERS

> Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:05:02 -0500
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> UN CHIEF WELCOMES SWEARING-IN OF NEW SOMALI CABINET MINISTERS > New York, Nov 15 2012 5:05PM
> United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the swearing-in today of the cabinet of ministers put forward by Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and endorsed by the country’s parliament. >
> “This marks another important step in the determined efforts by Somalia’s new leadership to bring about a positive change in Somalia,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=6429“>statement. >
> Prime Minister Shirdon announced the composition of cabinet – known as the Council of Ministers – on 4 November and the parliament endorsed the nominations on 13 November. The 10-member cabinet includes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan, reportedly the first woman to hold such a senior position in the Horn of Africa nation. >
> Earlier this week, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, welcomed parliament’s endorsement of the cabinet ministers as a “historic milestone” for the county, which has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process in recent months that led to the end of a nine-year political transition period. >
> Mr. Mahiga, who also heads the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), commended Mr. Shirdon as well as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for their consultations with a wide cross-section of Somali society in the lead-up to the appointment of the cabinet, “which bears all positive hallmarks of a potential good government.” >
> The Secretary-General and his Special Representative look forward to working with the President and his Government to implement the six-pillar policy that will guide the country to democratic elections in the course of the next four years, today’s statement added. >
> That policy aims to secure progress in the areas of stability, economic recovery, peacebuilding, service delivery, international relations and unity. > ________________
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