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Students Rally for Niagara University Professor, Prime Minister of Somalia

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By Amanda Galster, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Dr. Abdiweli Ali, head of the Somali government and an associate professor of Economics at Niagara University in Buffalo, New York, was welcomed back to campus recently where he will promote awareness of the evolving situation in Somalia.

Dr. Brian Murphy, Chair of the Communications Studies Department said: “It’s not every day that a university has a Prime Minister of a nation.”

Dr. Ali’s number one challenge will be to improve the security of the nation. Through political outreach, he hopes to bring back law and order and reconcile the community. Another challenge is the humanitarian crisis. Six states have been declared famine states, making up half of the population of Somalia - four million people.

“We cannot take this journey alone,” he told the students. Meanwhile, with the rainy season just around the corner, the United Nations refugee agency has scaled up its presence in Mogadishu and Somalia’s border regions, providing food and medical assistance.

Dr. Ali holds a master of public administration from Harvard University, a certificate of Taxation from Harvard Law School, and a master of economics from Vanderbilt University. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University and, in 1998 and 1999, was a Joel Leff Fellow of Political Economy at Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

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