Hassan Sheikh makes series of appointments after taking office

Mohamud, an academic becomes the 10th president of Somalia since the country became an independent nation in East Africa in 1960 from Britain and Italian colonies. 

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Hassan Sheikh makes series of appointments after taking office

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has made quick appointments hours after taking over the presidency from Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Monday.

The president named Hussein Sheikh, a member of his UPD political party, and a longtime friend who worked at SIMAD University, as the chief of staff at the presidential palace, the Villa Somalia.

The new chief of staff served as a senator in the 10th Federal parliament elected from Southwest State. He hails from the same clan as the new Lower House speaker Sheikh Aden Madobe.

Mohamed Amin, another former Senator from HirShabelle state was appointed as the deputy chief of staff at Villa Somalia, according to the second presidential decree obtained by Keydmedia Online.

Also, Hassan Sheikh nominated Hussein Moalim, the founder and Chairman of Hiraal Institute based in Mogadishu as his national security advisor. He held this top position during Farmajo's tenure.

Moalim replaces Fahad Yasin, a once-influential figure in the former immediate government led by Farmajo. Yasin was part of a NISA team accused of murdering Ikran Tahlil, a female spy agent.

These all appointments happened within the same day that Mohamud took the power in a peaceful transition that ended more than a year of uncertainty and political wrangles over the elections.

On 15 May 2022, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud regained presidential power after winning the election against the sitting President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo who failed a 2nd term bid.

Mohamud, an academic becomes the 10th president of Somalia since the country became an independent nation in East Africa in 1960 from Britain and Italian colonies. 

In his first speech at the polling station at Afisioni tent in Mogadishu, the elected president vowed to restore stability in Somalia and hold a popular election after ending his four-year mandate.

The public is keeping an eye on him as his former administration served between 2012 and 2017 was marred by massive corruption, favoritism, and incompetence in all fields of the system.

A 2013 report by U.N. investigators said individuals in Hassan Sheikh’s government used the Somali central bank as a personal "slush fund", with an average of 80% of withdrawals made for private purposes that forced the bank's boss Yusra Abrar to resign while she was in office for her seventh week due to the embezzlement of the public funds.

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