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Newly appointed Somalia prime minster Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Image courtesy of kongehuset/Youtube.

Somalia’s president has appointed an executive from UK-based Soma Oil and Gas to serve as the country’s new prime minster.

According to Reuters, newly elected president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed selected Soma Oil and Gas executive Hassan Ali Khaire to lead the government.

UK-based Soma said on Thursday that Khaire has resigned from his post as the company’s executive director for Africa to accept the post.

Khaire resigned from Soma’s board and has relinquished all his shares in the company.

Khaire has worked with Soma since its inception in 2013.

Prior to joining Soma, he served as the Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council for Somalia and East Africa.

“Although we will miss Hassan’s wise and knowledgeable participation on the Board, we are delighted that his dedication to Somalia and his contribution to the recovery of his country is being recognized,” Soma chairman Lord Michael Howard of Lympne said.