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Talks to form Cabinet in Somalia stalled

Somalia’s Federal parliament agreed on Monday to give Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, 10 more days to form a new cabinet, a month after his appointment.

Golaha oo aqbalay codsi uga yimi Ra’iisul wasaare Xamse

In order to form a… balanced government, it is necessary that I spend sufficient time in consultations with various politicians of the country and civil society,” Barre said in a statement released on Monday.

The biggest obstacle to the delay in the formation of the government is the distribution of power among the Somali clans who want to get members of the Cabinet.

According to the members close to the Prime Minister, there is also a challenge that President Hassan wants to find members he trusts and the satisfaction of his former allies who were the opposition.

The regional governments also want to have members in the new Federal cabinet.

Barre was initially expected to name a cabinet within 30 days of his appointment on June 25 but said the delays were due to the country’s protracted election process that culminated in May with the selection of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president.