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Somalia: Shirdon Appoints Interim Gedo Governor

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has appointed Mohamed Abdi Kalil as interim governor of the Gedo region for six months, the prime minister's office announced Monday (April 1st).

"The new administration is responsible to improve the security situation and work with the federal government on delivering the much-needed social services," Shirdon said during a visit to Garbaharey, the regional capital. "Good leadership and a stable security situation will lead the way to a better future and sustainable development in this region."

Minister of Interior and National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled also appointed five members of the Garbaharey district administration.

The administration run by the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa in southwest regions of the country also signed an agreement with the federal government to integrate its fighters into the Somali National Army.

"I am glad to announce that you are officially accepted as part of the Somali National Army, you will have equal rights and responsibilities," Shirdon said at a military base in Garbaharey. "Your mission is to secure our national borders and defeat enemies of peace, those threatening our national security and progress."


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