July 28, 2010 ·71 Comments
HARGEISA (Somalilandpress) – Somaliland’s new President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo has announced today his cabinet which consists of 20 ministers and six deputies.
In a press conference in the Presidential palace, Mr Silaanyo said this was the smallest cabinet in Somaliland’s history — almost half of the previous government.
The cabinet includes two women in ministerial positions and one deputy. This is first time that Somaliland cabinet has this of number women representation. This is almost a fulfillment of President Silanyo campaign promises. The President made campaign promise that women will present 25% of his cabinet. This is seen a progressive move by Somaliland citizens and many women organizations have praised his appointees.
Local reports have hinted, the new parliament might also have it’s first female member.
Before the President announced his cabinet, he gave a long speech in which he detailed different aspects of the policies of his administration. He urged people to support the new government and give them a fair go. He cited that he chose his cabinet purely based on expertise and qualifications and after long consolation with intellectuals and civil society in the country.
The President called for the release of all political prisoners, who were detained under the previous regime. The President also called on armed militias in eastern parts of the country to give up arms and engage a dialogue with his national government.
President Silanyo highlighted some of the goals of his government, which include the development of agriculture and fishery sectors to reduce poverty in the country. He promised to provide social welfare services to the former Somali National Movement (SNM) fighters. He was the first chairman of the movement that took down Mohamed Siad Barre’s regime in Somaliland.
The President said he will work closely with neighboring countries to increase cooperation to fight extremism and pirate activities in the along the Indian ocean. Mr Silaanyo said he will engage with Arab states and China under his new foreign policy. He added his government will fight corruption by increase transparency and holding officials accountable.
Somaliland youth groups have expressed disappointment after the president made many promises to them during his campaign. The cabinet does not include any youth member.
Nimo Adan, a member of one of the youth organizations and an employee of the UN Development programs said she was disappointed that the new government did not give voice to the youth.
“We are very happy that the new president appointed three women to ministerial positions. However, we are disappointed that the president has forgotten about us. We are not blaming him personally. Until tribalism and nepotism cease to exist in our politics, the youth will not take on leadership positions that they deserve,” she said.
The cabinet includes first time politicians, most of whom are highly educated individuals – this has surprised many political observers and it is seen as a move in a new direction.
1. Dr Mohamed Abdullahi Omar – Minister of Foreign Affairs.
2. Dr Mohamed Abdi Gabose – Minister of Interior and Domestic Affairs.
3. Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire – Minister of Planning and Development.
4. Mr Mohamed Hashi Elmi – Minister of Finance.
5. Mr Hussein Ahmed Aidid – Minister of Transportation.
6. Samsam Abdi Adan – Minister of Education.
7. Dr Hussein Mohamoud Mohamed – Minister of Health.
8. Haji Adam Adami – Minister of Defense.
9. Abdirisaq Khalif Ahmed – Minister of Trade, Industrialization and Tourism.
10. Dr. Ahmed Haashi Oday – Minister of Rural Development, Livestock and Environment.
11. Mr Abdirisaaq Ibrahim Mohamed – Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services.
12. Prof. Ismail Mumin Aar – Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
13. Sheekh Khalil Abdullahi Ahmed – Minister of Religion.
14. Ilhan Mohamed Yassin Hassan – Minister of Labor and Social Welfare.
15. Dr Mohamed Yasin Hassan – Minister of Fishery and Ports.
16. Dr Hussein Abdi Duale – Minister of Mining and Water Resources.
17. Mr Mohamed Haashi Madar – Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture.
18. Prof. Farah Elmi Mohamed – Minister of Agriculture.
19. Mr Mohamoud Hashi Abdi – Minister of Aviation.
20. Mr Abdullahi Jama – Minister of Press.
1: Mr Ali Hamoud Jabril – Deputy Minister of Education.
2: Mr Mohamed Yonis Awali – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
3: Mr Osman Garad Soofe – Deputy Minister of Interior.
4: Mr Ali Abdi Saqi – Deputy Minister of Planning and Development.
5: Mr Warsame Saeed Abdi – Deputy Minister of Finance.
6: Nimo Hussein Qawdhan – Deputy Minister of Health.
Reported by Abdiqani Baynax in Hargeisa & Mohamed Gulaid
Somalilandpress | Wednesday, 28 July 2010