UN envoy welcomes appointment of Somali Prime MinisterListen /
The approval of a new Prime Minister in Somalia is "incontrovertible evidence" of the country's progress.
That's according to Dr. Augustine Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office for Somalia, in a statement on Wednesday welcoming the decision.
Charles Appel reports.
The UN envoy characterized the Somali Parliament's overwhelming endorsement of Abdi Farah Shirdon "Saaid" as a vote of confidence in the new leadership.
Dr. Mahiga reported that all 215 members present in parliament on Wednesday backed the candidate.
He called on the new Prime Minister to appoint without delay a new Council of Ministers, adding that there is much to do and little time to waste.
Dr. Mahiga pledged to work in partnership with the politician and the new Somali government on the country's urgent needs.
Somalia is now in the process of forming its first government after more than 20 years without central rule, followed by nine years of transitional leadership.
Charles Appel, United Nations