Many Somalis expressed optimism after Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon announced his cabinet nominees on Sunday (November 4th) and called on members of parliament to give their vote of confidence to the new administration.

Parliament is expected to confirm the new cabinet in the coming days.

“After many long years of chaos and destruction in this country, the Somali people have high hopes for this new government to improve the security, political and economic situation in the country,” said Mogadishu-based political analyst Hassan Mohamed.

“I hope the new government will be more efficient and capable than its predecessors because Shirdon has chosen people based on qualifications and expertise,” Mohamed told Sabahi. “They are highly educated, as they hold high degrees and most were expatriates who studied and lived abroad. We hope they can apply what they have learned to lift the country out of its current situation.”

The new cabinet is the first to distribute ministerial posts equally among Somalia’s five main tribal groupings, marking an expansion of the 4.5 quota system that was used to select the current parliament. Under that system, for every seat allotted to the four major clans, a coalition of minority clans received half.

“This is the first government that achieves social justice among the Somali tribes,” said Mohamed Omar Dalha, former minister and member of parliament. It is the first time in 20 years Somalia’s minority clans receive equal representation in governance, he said.

The new cabinet has two ministers from each of the four major clans — Hawiye, Darod, Dir and Rahanweyn — and two from the minority coalition.

Dalha said Shirdon’s cabinet is different in another aspect as well. “First of all, it is the leanest Somali government ever, as it is comprises only ten ministries,” he told Sabahi. “Secondly, the most independent ministry — the Foreign Ministry — is headed by a woman for the first time in the country’s history.”

Political analyst Ahmed Hashi said he hopes the new government will succeed in improving the security situation and bringing back stability to the country.

“Other important issues include holding a national referendum on the new constitution, dealing with refugees who are stranded in nearby countries, moving ahead with political reconciliation with Somaliland and reviving the national economy,” he told Sabahi.

“As for foreign affairs, the most important issues awaiting this new government are winning donor confidence and restoring Somalia’s position as an effective actor in regional and international forums, from which it has been absent for many years,” Hashi said.

Hundreds of Somalis demonstrated Monday in the main streets of Mogadishu to show their support for the cabinet, Somalia’s Shabelle Media Network reported. The demonstrators, including women and children, gathered in the Hamar Weyne district, chanting slogans and holding pictures of the prime minister.

A political victory for women

Maryan Aweys, former minister and current member of parliament, said the appointment of two women to prominent positions represents a huge political victory for Somali women who have struggled to obtain political rights.

Shirdon nominated Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Aadan as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, and Maryan Qasim Ahmed as minister of development and social affairs.

“This is a positive sign and a nod to the important role played by Somali women in all areas of life as well as rebuilding their nation,” Aweys told Sabahi.

Zahra Abdullahi, a women’s rights activist, said Somali women have regained some of the political rights they had prior to the civil war, adding that she could see women heading other important ministries in the future such as the Ministries of Finance and Interior.

“Although the participation of women in the new government is less than 30%, women have been able to reach the highest positions. This is a positive step forward and they should never, at any time, give up their rights,” she said.

Aadan described her nomination as “historic” for Somalia and a victory for Somali women. During a speech after her nomination, Aadan thanked Shirdon and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for the appointment.

“This is a step that shows that the political situation in our country has turned a new page that will lead to success and prosperity,” she said.



  1. With Allah on our side our brothers in the north will stay united with us insha Allah. We can't live without them and they can't . WE love them and I'm sure they love us too, is just they don't have the right people that should lead them into forgiveness and reconciliation. Brothers look at United Kingdom ow united they are, being united is beneficial to us all. When it comes to what the old regime done to the north, you guys should know that all Somalis are saddened by what happened 20+ years ago. But don't you think that since that regime is gone is time to forgive each other and move on into greater things. Brothers and sisters, pleas for ones think outside the box and do what is good for our people. Allot of Northerners realised that this grieving and hate will only harm them, so they decided to work towards one Somalia and insha Allah many more will follow until all our brothers in the North come back home to Mogadishu. Ameen

    • let djibouti, nfd and s.galbeed unite with you first then we (somaliland) will be interested to talk ok sxb

      • nice said abdi if walalweyn are still so obsess by Union i advice them this time to look for another partner but what it is funny Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya are in Xamar to protect them shame kkkk.

      • I've realized that the secessionist uses 3 types of blackmail against the Union first it was Siad Barre
        when that failed they came up with the 1960 BS now their latest is Djibouti NFD-Kenya Somaligalbeed included or no Union.

        Let me just go straight to 3rd option because the other first two are again BS. First its not like these 3
        regions didn't want to join us if they had the option in the 60's they would of but instead 2 got given away to Ethiopia/Kenya while the 3rd got defrauded by the french and sizable Afars. Out of those 3 regions 1 is still fighting for Somaliweyn the 2nd is waiting for Italian/British-Somaliland = Somalia to gets its house in order while the 3rd is waiting for us to rescue them from the Bantus by either through WAR or the UN.

        Bickering got us in in this situation where in the 21 century Somaliweyn is still not complete rather
        the opposite. While the world is evermore coming together by creating union from Europe/North-America/Latin-America to even Asia we are trying to isolate from one another dude this not 1500
        but nearly 2013

        • All ur argument is like u. Simply BS! Since when ONLF figth for union? THey don't wanna join ur Zoomalia but create their own state. Regarding Djibouti it's simply a shame how walalweyn welcome Dictator Guelleh in Moqadishu who dont want be part of their mess up . Their soldier are in ur country and u dare to speak about utopia'' somali unity''. Keep running only after Somaliland if that's feel u better Dream is permitted! Kkk. For NFD, bantus replace real somalis!I like most ur BS argument as others regions somali wait re union of Somaliland and Somalia so that's they come also. No comment!

  2. ALLAH[swt] is all seeing all knowing and all forgiving.

    I shall not forgive nor shall i forget how entire neighbourhoods were rounded up shot point blank and buried in a MASS grave.

    – Let us start by making your ELDERS admit their guilt of attempted GENOCIDE!
    – Let us start by making your ELDERS admit their guilt of Indifference to ISAAQ suffering!
    – Let us start by you respecting the EQUALITY of the TWO Sovereign STATES that united Jul1960!
    – Let us start with you accepting the WILL of the MAJORITY of my COUNTRY!
    – Let us start by you regaining your loss Sovereignty and sending home 20,000 AU troops!
    – Let us start by you ACCEPTING of declaration of Regaining our Independence 18 May 1991!

    If you can't and i promise you will can't then there is only one thing between us and that is inevitable WAR. We survived when you were your STRONGEST i assure you that there will be nothing LEFT of you in a war when we are our STRONGEST!

    IF the 2-STATE dialogue fails REST assure you will Need 2million Amisom troops to keep your fragmented colonised Failed 4Km Villa of a Government intact!

    May Allah[swt] keep Somaliland permanently Independent of the Uganda Colony of Somalia. Allah[swt] Recognises Somaliland and so do it's population and Diaspora everything else is a matter of time.

    • -No one attempted isaq Genocide ACCEPT millitary regime WHICH kill all somalis.
      -All somalis suffer The last twenty five years not only isaq They are ten times more non isaq dead Than isaq.
      -There will be no two soveriegn states.ONLY I.C can, you better ask THIS question I.C.
      -Let's ACCEPT The will of The majority in any region in somalia INCLUDING somaliland region as long as They are not forcing The minority Their own Agenda.
      -AMISOM will go home sooner or later That's The fact.
      -Nothing to accept here,MAY 18 IS REBEL DAY.most somalis sees That way and 40% nothern somalis

      • Yahye you lost your country to Amisom… Are you stupid to expect me to join that nonsense?

        GFTO >>> fool

  3. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
    statement of purpose writing

  4. Really happy things are starting to look a lot better in the middle east! And honestly, it was about time someone would take a stand against these cruelty