Agence France-PresseDecember 21, 2013 10:17
Somalia's parliament on Saturday approved as the new prime minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, a political newcomer and economist who faces tough challenges in the war-torn nation.
All but three lawmakers in parliament voted to approve President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's nomination of the economist who has worked with several international organisations and banks.
Three abstained from voting, and none opposed.
"A total of 243 out of the 246 gave a vote of confidence to the new prime minister," said parliamentary speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari.