Somalia's Parliament Approves New Prime Minister
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|Somalia's lawmakers on Wednesday approved the appointment of new Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who vowed to end the infighting slowing Somalia's efforts to rebuild after decades of war. Sharmarke, who served as prime minister between 2009-2010, becomes Somalia's third premier in just over a year. The previous two fell out with the president over the make-up of their cabinets. The ouster of Sharmarke's predecessor, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, frustrated Western powers that say the political paralysis encouraged Islamist al Shabaab rebels and paralyzed the country's fragile state institutions.
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