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After a long delay the new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, finally appointed a prime minister and a cabinet, all of them drawn from a tight circle of family, friends and his most trusted political allies. He risked appearing elitist and non-inclusive because he wanted to be sure of his team. He is signalling that this government is here to stay and in no mood for compromise on sovereignty. Kenya and its allies in Kismayo are providing him with an early test of his resolve and credibility

In the two months that it took President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to appoint the Premier and other ministers, he has attracted growing criticism for his aloof style. The diplomats and international organisations that greeted his election in August so enthusiastically now face a far more nationally assertive government. The message from the presidency, we are told, is that diplomats in Nairobi must understand that Hassan Sheikh’s team is in charge, is here to stay and will no longer compromise Somalia’s sovereignty by horse-trading with regional states and the United Nations.

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Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Mohamed Siad Barre, Tanzania, Augustine Mahiga, Michele Cervone d’Urso, British, Matt Baugh, Abdirahman Mohamud Farole, Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed, Farmajo, Abdi Farah Shirdon, Said, Kenyan, The new Prime Minister, Asha Haji Elmi, Ali Mahdi Mohamed, Fowziya Yusuf Haji Adan, Abdullahi Il Moge Hersi, Mahamud Hassan Suleiman, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Aden, Jawari, Abdihakin Mohamed Haji Fiqi, Abukar Liban Aftooje, Abdirisaq Omar Mohamed, Saudi Arabia, Clan affairs, Ahmed Mohamed Islaan, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, Gandhi, Abdullahi Abyan Nur, Abdikarim Hussein Guled, Muhiyadin Mohamed Kalmoy, Libya, Maryan Qasim, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, Damul Jadiid, qat, Al Islah