Somali president Farmajo appoints Khayre as new prime minister

Somalia’s new president has picked Hassan Ali Khayre, a former aid worker and oil executive, to serve as the prime minister in the war-torn country.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known by his nickname Farmajo, appointed Khayre as the country’s prime minister on Thursday.

Khayre, 49, has previously served as the director of the British oil company Soma Oil and Gas, a controversial mission which has exposed him to investigations in Britain. He holds dual Norwegian and Somali citizenship and has also served as a regional director of the Norwegian Refugee Council charity.

A close associate of former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Khayre is a member of the Hawiye clan, one of the main tribes in Somalia.

Farmajo, a dual US-Somali citizen, is from Darod, another major clan in Somalia, and his nomination of Khayre is in line with the traditional clan balance in the Somali government.

Khayre, whose name is also spelt as Khaire, was nearly convicted in December in Britain over alleged wrongdoing during his tenure in Soma Oil and Gas. However, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office closed the investigation and said that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove that Khayre was guilty.

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