President Hassan Sheikh nominates Hamza Abdi Barre as PM

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has nominated Hamza Abdi Barre as Somalia’s next Prime Minister, according to state-run media.

Mohamud called on Somalis to support Barre.

“The President wishes the new PM utmost success as he leads the government’s ambitious reform agenda and calls on Somali people to render him their unwavering support.”

Barre’s most recent political appointment was the Chairperson of Jubaland’s Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission from 2019 to 2020.

Barre is also an MP in Somalia’s 11th Parliament. He was elected to HOP203 in late Decemeber 2021.

At the federal level, he worked as a senior advisor to the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and has been described by colleagues as a staunch federalist.

The 48-year-old father of eight is a close associate of President Mohamud. He served as the Peace and Development Party Secretary-General from the early to mid-2010s.

The new Prime Minister hails from the Ogaden subclan. He is also reportedly a close political ally of Jubaland regional President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe.

The new Prime Minister holds an MBA in management from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.