PM replaces resigned minister Over Arrest of Former Al-Shabab Leader

Mogadishu,  (Hornnews24) – Somali Prime minister Hassan Ali Kheire has appointed Abdi Adan Hosow as the new minister for Public Works to replace Abdifitaah Ibrahim Geeseey who resigned yesterday over the arrest of former Alshabaab deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow.

Somalia federal Minister for Public Works Abdifitaah Ibrahim Geeseey has resigned over the arrest and exclusion of a former al-Shabab leader from a regional election.

Speaking to VOA via telephone Sunday from Mogadishu, Geeseey said he resigned in protest against his government’s interference in the upcoming South West election and its move to arrest Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, the former deputy leader of al-Shabab, who was a top candidate for the presidency of South West state in the upcoming election.

Meanwhile, a tense calm has returned to regional capital of South West after days of violence and protests which left 15 civilians dead.

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