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Somalia names new Intelligence Chief

Abdirahman Turyare, New Chief of the Somali Intelligence agency
Abdirahman Turyare, New Chief of the Somali Intelligence agency

Somalia’s cabinet on Sunday appointed a new Chief for the National Intelligence Agency.

Abdirahman Mohamed Turyare, who was the Chief of the Military court, was named after a cabinet meeting in Mogadishu.

Two weeks ago, the former chief of the National Intelligence agency, who was in office for only two months, was sacked after senior government officials accused him of power accuse.

Mr Turyare, in his 30s, has worked various roles within the General Intelligence department before he was promoted to serve as the military court chief by President Mohamud earlier this year.

The firing of the former intelligence head, Abdullahi Sambalolshe, led to a friction between the President and Prime Minister, after the President Mohamud had refused first to approve the sacking of the former head immediately.

Deputy Prime Minister Ridwan Mohamed, chairing the cabinet meeting in the absence of the Prime Minister, denied there was an internal political dispute.

He called the new chief to work with the government officials and address the security issues in the capital.

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