Somalia: PM appoints new public works minister

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MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali PM, Hassan Ali Khaire appointed Abdi Aden Hosow as the country's new public works minister, replacing Abdifitah Gesey, who resigned on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

The premier announced the appointment through a statement released from his office on Monday.

The replacement comes a day after Gesey stepped down from the position, citing the government's interference in the domestic affairs of Southwest State and the arrest of candidate Mukhtar Robow.

The new minister has in the past served as the governor of Bay region.

Gesey, who is former a journalist turned a politician has been in office since last August. He will continue to serve as a member of the House of the People in Federal Parliament elected from Southwest state.

Robow - former deputy leader and spokesman of the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab was arrested last week in Baidoa. His detention prompted violent protests in which left 15 people dead.

He was detained by Ethiopian troops and immediately flown to Mogadishu, where he is currently held at an undisclosed prison run by the National Intelligence and Security Agency, known as [NISA].

Somali government accused Robow of mobilizing armed forces to threaten the security of Baidoa, an accusation dismissed by members in Somali parliament and Southwest traditional elders as "baseless".

Robow who defected to the government last year was hoping to run for the highest office in his native region, but, he has been rejected to pursue his dreams of becoming a president by Villa Somalia.

GAROWE ONLINE

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