Somalia Gets First Female Foreign Minister

Somalia’s Prime Minister appoints Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan as Foreign Minister, a first for a woman. (Google Images)

African Globe is reporting that Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon officially nominated his first cabinet ministers, after weeks of wide-extensive consultations with the president and parliament speaker in Mogadishu. The BBC is reporting Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan is among 10 politicians joining Shirdon’s cabinet as Foreign Minister, the first for a woman. The BBC reports that Haji Adan described her inclusion as “historic” for both the country and Somali women in particular.

The Guardian reports Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan is one of two women chosen to join a cabinet charged with leading the east African country out of decades of conflict and building on military gains made against the Islamist militants of al-Shabaab. It is the first time a woman has held such a senior position in the conservative Muslim state.

Mr. Shirdon took office last month after his nomination by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was approved by MPs (Members of Parliament).

As expected, 30 members of parliament (MPs) rejected Shirdon’s cabinet appointments because it was “incomplete.” AllAfrica.com reports:

The 30 MPs wrote a statement to Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari to reject the incomplete list of Cabinet that was appointed on Monday.

The letter stated that it was a violation of the Somali Federal Constitution for Parliament to take a vote of confidence on the incomplete list of Cabinet.

Read more at AllAfrica.com.

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