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Hassan Ali Kheyre nominated as Somalia's next Prime Minister

Kheyre Promised To “tirelessly Work With The President And Try To Form A Government That Represents The Public'. The 49-year-old Has Been A Regional Director Of The Norwegian Refugee Council Charity And A Director Of Controversial British Oil Company Soma Oil And Gas.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Saurabh Kumar | Updated on: 23 Feb 2017, 06:54:53 PM
Hassan Ali Kheyre nominated as Somalia's next Prime Minister

New Delhi:

Hassan Ali Kheyre on Thursday was named the prime minister of Somalia by country’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Kheyre, former aid worker and oil executive is a political new-comer, and holds dual citizenship of Norway and Somalia.

After his nomination, Kheyre promised to “tirelessly work with the president and try to form a government that represents the public”. The 49-year-old has been a regional director of the Norwegian Refugee Council charity and a director of controversial British oil company Soma Oil and Gas.

Britain‘s Serious Fraud Office in December closed an investigation into Soma over bribery allegations after finding “insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction”.

Kheyre is a close associate of former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and a member of the Hawiye clan, meaning his nomination maintains the traditional clan balance alongside Farmajo who is a Darod. 

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First Published : 23 Feb 2017, 06:50:00 PM