World Bulletin / News Desk
The Somali parliament on Monday gave confidence to the new government of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.
"The new government won the parliament's confidence with a sweeping majority," Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari told the assembly.
As many as 192 lawmakers voted in favor of Sharmarke's 40-member cabinet lineup, while 22 voted against, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
Following the vote, new government ministers took the oath of office before Supreme Court Chief Justice Aydiid Abdullahi Ilkahanaf.
Last week, Sharmarke unveiled his new cabinet, which includes 26 government ministers and deputy ministers, as well as 14 ministers of state.
Born in Somalia in 1969, Sharmarke is the son of former President Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke.
The younger Sharmarke graduated from Somali National University in 1984. In 2000, he received a Master's Degree in economics and political science from Canada's Carlton University.
He currently carries dual Somali-Canadian citizenship.
In 2008, Sharmarke was appointed Somali ambassador to the U.S. He could not, however, carry out his diplomatic responsibilities, as Washington did not recognize Somalia's transitional government at the time.
He was appointed prime minister in 2009, but had to submit his resignation one year later due to differences with then-President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
The same year, Sharmarke was again appointed ambassador to the U.S., which had by that time recognized the Mogadishu government.
He was sworn in as prime minister on Dec. 24 of last year.
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