Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Somaliland's cabinet reshuffle consolidates ruling clan influence

President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (alias "Silanyo") of self-declared independent Somaliland conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 15 August, replacing the interior minister, the military's chief of staff, and the general manager of Berbera port.

Seven permanent secretary positions were also offered to neighbouring Khatumo state, a territory disputed with Somalia's autonomous state of Puntland. Interior Minister Al Mohamed Waran Adde was reappointed as envoy to Ethiopia and replaced by Yasin Mohamud Hir. Chief of Staff Ali Omar Mohamed was suspended and replaced by Ahmed Yusuf Dirir.

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