Hamza Abdi Barre was unanimously elected to serve as Somalia’s next prime minister over the weekend, ushering in a new administration led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Mr. Barre, a lawmaker for Kismayu in the Jubbaland federal state, received the support of the 275 members of the Lower House in the Villa Hargeisa.
As the 21st Prime Minister of Somalia, Barre succeeds Hussein Roble. The Council of Ministers, top government officials, and even ambassadors, all of whom are answerable to parliament, would be able to be appointed by him.
On June 15, President Mohamoud presented his old buddy as his nominee, urging parliamentarians to support him while he was staying at his official residence, Villa Somalia.
220 of the 275 members of the parliament were present in the room, and they all cast their ballots in favor of Mr. Barre without interruption or abstention.
The unanimous choice was revealed by speaker Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur ‘Madobe’. He remarked, “I am hereby announcing that all 220 legislators present in the chamber have voted in favor of Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.”
The 48-year-old Barre promised to create a diverse government. To the cheers of the lawmakers, he said, “I am going to build a broad-based government that will include both male and female members.”
The former administrator and educator said his initiatives included discussions with Somaliland, the court system, security, the present drought, and reconciliation (a region in the northwest of Somalia that has unilaterally declared independence from the rest of Somalia).
“Other priority issues are democratization, elections, economy, good governance, and accountability, among others,” he continued. Many believe that their long-standing connection with President Mohamud will help to foster peace in their professional interactions.