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The appointment comes as the Federal States are in a deadlock with the central government over a $100 million financial aid package from the World Bank.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has appointed Mohamed Hassan Ibrahim (Qoone) as his Adviser on Federal-State Relations, his office said.
The appointment was announced in a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Presidency on Sunday night. It comes as the Federal States are in a deadlock with the central government over a $100 million financial aid package from the World Bank.
The President has asked the Adviser to work on the improvement and strengthening of the cooperative relations between Villa Somalia and the five federal States in Somalia - Puntland, Galmudug, HirShabelle, Southwest, and Jubaland.
Qoone is a former Member of Parliament elected from Beledweyne city within the HirShabelle state of Somalia. It is unclear if he will succeed in finding a lasting solution to the recurrent political disputes between the Mogadishu-based Somali government and the regional states.
The president during his election campaign promised: "Somalia at peace with itself and the world". Upon assuming office, Mohamud paid a regional tour to Southwest, Galmudug, and Putland states.
Also, Qoone's appointment was made as high-level talks between Somali president Hassan Sheikh and the leaders of the five Federal States set to be held early this month in Garowe, Puntland capital flopped.
The town is named after the famous notorious Labatan-Jirow prison where late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre used to imprison people accused of political crimes, and it is about 60 km away from Baidoa city.