His Excellency the newly inaugurated President of the Republic of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, today, released his government’s first roster of ministers and vice ministers.

The president fielded 23 ministries who, between them, account for a 31-member cabinet of ministers.

Notably, among the ministeries omitted are the ministry of Aviation which is incorporated into the ministry of Transportation – and at a time Somaliland airspace administration is sequestered by the Federal Government of Somalia on a direct contravention of the Istanbul Communique II of 2013.

Roads Authority wriggles from under Public Works and moves over to Transportation as ‘Roads Development’. Ministry of Fisheries is no more. It is annexed to Animal Husbandry. Trading or Commerce moves back in with Industries. Instead, Investment development becomes takes on a brand new portfolio that has never been on its own for the past 26 years. Somaliland Mohamed Kahin Abdi, Ex-First Deputy of Kulmiye, becomes the new Somaliland Ministry of Interior

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Yussuf Mohamed Abdi: Minister of Finance
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Jama Haj Mohamoud: New Minister of Minerals & Energy
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Mohamed Mummin Seed takes on the Agriculture portfolio
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Engineer Hussein Ibrahim Buuni is the new Vice Minister at Planning & National Development

Ministers Yassin Mohamoud (education), Dr. Saad Ali Shire of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalil Abdullahi (Religious Affairs & Endowments), Shukri Haji Ismail (Environment) and Mohamed Haji Adan (Councils Relations/Liaison) come back from President Siilaanyo’s council of ministers. The rest are all new – many of whom very new to public service. Mohamed Musa Derie (Interior) & Mohamed Musa Abees (Information), former ministers of state in Siilaanyo administration come back as vice ministers.

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