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Harvard Grad Becomes New Pick to Lead Somalia

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Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

A Harvard-educated economics professor has been named prime minister of the transitional government of Somalia, as it struggles to keep insurgents of the Islamist Al Shabab group from taking over the country.

President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said the new appointee will revive an economy wrecked by war during the past 20 years.

Dr. Abdiweli Ali’s resume includes a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard, a master’s degree in economics, from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and a PhD in economics from George Mason University, in Virginia. In recent years, he has been teaching economics at Niagara University in upstate New York.

He was sworn in after a 337-2 vote with two abstentions. Al Shabab rebels, who claim links with al Qaeda, control large areas of the capital Mogadishu and much of south and central Somalia.

Meanwhile, Washington is set to hand over military equipment worth tens of millions to Uganda and Burundi for defense against the Al-Shabab. The military aid includes shoulder-launched Raven drones, night-vision gear, generators, and surveillance systems and other equipment and is part of a $145.5 million package for counter-terrorism support.

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