Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre appointed Mukhtar Robow — a former deputy chief of al-Shabaab, which is a Somali branch of the international jihadist terror organization al-Qaeda — as Somalia's new religion minister on Tuesday, Reuters reported. "After much deliberation with the president and the public, I have named cabinet ministers who have education and experience and they will fulfill their duties," Prime Minister Barre said on August 2 before naming several cabinet appointees, including Robow. "I ask the parliament to approve the cabinet." The Somali parliament approved Barre as prime minister of Somalia on June 25 after he was nominated for the post by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Robow, also known as Abu Mansour, was present in Somalia's presidential palace on August 2 as Barre announced his new cabinet appointees before the press. Somali security authorities had released Robow just 24 hours earlier from detention at the headquarters of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Voice of America (VOA) reported on Tuesday. Somali government authorities had subjected Robow to either detention or house arrest for the past few years. A joint unit of Somali and African Union security forces arrested Robow in Baidoa in December 2018 as he campaigned… Read full this story
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