August 21, 2006

Somali PM names new cabinet at deadline

BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali Prime Minister Ali
Mohamed Gedi on Monday named a new 31-member cabinet, in a push
to rejuvenate a government paralyzed for nearly two years by
infighting and now threatened by powerful Islamists.

President Abdullahi Yusuf two weeks ago dissolved what he
called a bloated and ineffective cabinet, and ordered Gedi to
name a smaller one in seven days that would be reviewed on its
performance in three months.