- Nur Hassan Hussein, a former policeman, has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Somalia. He replaced Ali Mohamed Ghedi who resigned from office after he had bowed down to diplomatic pressures and power struggle with President Abdoullahi Yusuf, leader of the transitional government.
The former policeman and leader of the Somali Red Crescent promised to do his best, despite the difficulties attach to the hot seat.
Hussein has inherited a government that grapples with increasing Islamist insurgency and humanitarian crisis, resulting to the displacement of over a million people in the capital Mogadishu.
Besides, Somalia has been without a national government since 1991, when President Siad Barre was ousted from power.
President Yusuf is banking on Hussein to conquer the country's crisis and restore hope among Somalis.
Political pundits believed that the new Premier's appointment will effect little or no change as long as Ethiopian troops remain in Somalia.
Like his predecessor, Hussein hailed from Mogadishu's largest clan [Hawiye]. A trouble between the Hawiye and President Yusuf's second largest Dared clan has played a part in the former Prime Minister's resignation. Ghedi was blamed by the lawmakers of presiding over a failed government.
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