Nur Hassan Hussein said that he had meant to appoint new ministers with half of them being from outside the transitional parliament. The transitional parliament was set up three years prior. According to him, there will be fewer members in the cabinet. The current cabinet has 30 members.
According to correspondents, his main difficultly would be placating the main and sub-clans of Somalia. Most of them insist on being represented in Somalia’s government. Ever since 1991, the politics of the country has been in pieces.
Somalia’s transitional government which is faced with attacks by insurgents has been dependent on both international aid and the support of Ethiopia’s military. Without those, Somalia would not be able to function.
Mr. Hussein wants to declare a new form of government. He added that the international community was not pleased with the small number of ministers that were chosen outside of the parliament.
He had replaced Ali Mohamed Ghedi as prime minister in November. Mr. Ghedi has refused to negotiate with the armed Islamists and other opposing groups.
Mr. Hussein was a former policeman and head of Somalia’s Red Crescent organization. He is considered as a neutral figure.
Since 1991, the country has had no functioning national government.