Monday, February 16, 2009

Weighing in on endorsement of Somalia's new prime minister

On Saturday, Somalia's parliament endorsed the appointment of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as prime minister of a new unity government. I spoke to Reuters about this new development. Here's an excerpt from the article that includes my analysis: "I am more optimistic about the future of Somalia than I have been in a number of years," Professor David Shinn, an Africa expert at George Washington University, told Reuters. "The selection of a PM from the large Darod clan is a wise choice to balance President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed's Hawiye clan connection," he said, adding that Sharmarke's distinguished family and diaspora connections would also be advantages. UPDATE: Al Jazeera English also ran a story based on the the Reuters piece.

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