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New Somali government announces cabinet with 26 ministers

By Hashi MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre on Tuesday announced nominees to the cabinet that comprise 26 ministers, 26 deputy ministers, one deputy prime minister and 15 state ministers.

Khayre urged parliament to speed up vetting and approval of the cabinet nominees to enable them to commence national duties.

Most of the cabinet nominees are veteran lawmakers and envoys whose experience in national and international affairs are expected to aid the new government led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The cabinet will be tasked with implementing an ambitious agenda to rebuild Somalia after decades of civil strife.

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EARLIER REPORT:

At least seven killed in car bomb explosion in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- At least 7 people died and several others injured on Tuesday evening when a car bomb exploded at a check point near the Presidential Palace in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu, police and eyewitnesses confirmed to reporters.

A security official who requested anonymity told Xinhua he counted seven dead bodies that included three government soldiers and a dozen injured people including women and children after the heavy explosion.

No group had claimed responsibility for the bomb explosion at the time of going to press.

             

 

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