Somali president names economist as new prime minister

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:49 AM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's president named economist Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as his new prime minister on Thursday, ending weeks of political paralysis in the Horn of Africa country as it strives to secure fragile security gains against Islamist militants.

Ahmed previously worked at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia.

He is a newcomer to Somali politics.

(Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by John Stonestreet)