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Somali Parliament gives PM 10 more days to form cabinet
Somali Parliament gives PM 10 more days to form cabinet

Mogadishu, July 26 (TIWN) Somali Parliament has resolved to give Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre 10 more days to form his government.

Barre, who was expected to name his cabinet by Monday, 30 days after his appointment, said he was yet to finalise consultations on the formation of the cabinet, reports Xinhua news agency.

Barre, who was appointed on June 25, requested Parliament to give him an extension to form an all-inclusive government, noting that the delay was due to a protracted electoral process.

"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," he said in a statement.

"Somalia is at a crossroads and must move forward. We need to form an administration that can deliver the change and development our people urgently need."

Lower House First Deputy Speaker Sadia Yasin Samatar said 144 out of 145 lawmakers who attended the session on Monday approved Barre's request while only one legislator opposed it.

The Prime Minister held a series of meetings Monday with religious leaders and some civil society groups on the formation of the government.

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