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On Sunday, December 10, Somaliland’s president – H.E. Musa Bihi Abdi – announced significant cabinet changes with the goal of improving his performance as a president. It is anticipated that this reshuffle will happen right away.

President Bihi removed a minister and a deputy minister from their positions – Abdinasir Omar Jama, the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Abdirahman Hersi Jama Dhooble, the former Minister of Youth and Sports – in a presidential decree that was released today.

“Having been aware that the privilege to serve the nation is in turns and always got entrusted with the capable, I hereby announce your removal from your cabinet posts as the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, respectively,” the presidential decree read while thanking them for their services and dedication during their tenure.

Along with this reshuffle, the president also named a new minister and deputy ministers who will start serving right away.

The president appointed the following officials in accordance with Article 90 of the Republic of Somaliland Constitution, after taking into consideration their knowledge, skills, and experience, as well as basis on consultations from others and recommendations received that they can handle their responsibilities diligently,” the presidential degree further added.

As of right now, Abdirisak Musa Farah Awad is the Minister of Youth and Sports.
Roda Jama Elmi, the current deputy minister of the ministry of financial development, will assume a new position as the deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation
With effect from today, Saleban Jama Diriye will serve as the Ministry of Financial Development’s deputy minister.

Significant changes were made to the cabinet by Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi Abdi in November 2023. He removed four ministers and appointed five new ones, hoping this would improve the government’s performance and the public’s complaints over corruption and economic stagnation.

The piece was first published on SII

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