Somalia PM lands in Merka, meets local community 31 Jan 31, 2013 - 5:05:57 PM
MERKA, Somalia Jan. 31, 2013 (Garowe Online)
- Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon landed in the southern town of Merka on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.
Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon lands in Merka [Jan. 31, 2013]
Prime Minister Shirdon’s delegation included Cabinet ministers for Interior, Information, Finance, and Defense, Members of Parliament, as well as senior military officials.
The Prime Minister, who traveled from Mog
adishu to Merka by heli
copter, held meetings with
local government officials and communities in Merka and Shalambood districts, of Lower Shabelle region.
erka is a small port town located 90km south of Mogadishu and was formerly a stronghold for Al Shabaab militants, until Somali government forces aided by African troops (AMISOM) seized the town in 2012.
It is Prime Minister Shirdon’s first visit to Merka since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appointed him as the country’s Prime Minister in Oct. 2012.