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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Somali PM: reconciliation a top priority

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 23:41:20 GMT    |    PressTV


New Somali PM Omar Abdirashid Shermarke (2nd L) walks out of the airport in Mogadishu.
Somalia's new prime minister has said upon arrival at Mogadishu's Aden Adde airport that reconciliation and security are his top priorities.


Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake arrived from Djibouti with 53 lawmakers and ministers on Thursday and was met at the airport by government officials under tight security, a local Press TV correspondent reported.


Talking to reporters at the airport, Sharmake said that he was very happy to return home... "Our top priority is providing security," he said. This is his first trip to Somalia in nearly two decades.

Sharmake was appointed as prime minister two weeks ago by Somali President, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, and is the son of an elected president of Somalia who was assassinated in 1969.

Somalia's new UN-backed unity government was created in the neighboring Republic of Djibouti after the transitional government merged with an alliance of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), led by Sheikh Sharif.

Meanwhile, sporadic gunfire and explosions continued in parts of Mogadishu, but the worst fighting had largely subsided after two days of intense battles that killed over 35 people and wounded 130 others.  

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