Defense Minister appointed as the acting Minister of National Security

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Addis Ababa, 29 May 2014 (WIC) - Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has appointed the Defense Minister Mohamed Hassan Hamud as the acting Minister of the National Security four days after the former Minister of National Security resigned, Radio Mogadishu reported.

According to the Information Minister Mustaf Duhulow, a decree from the Prime Minister’s office appointed Minister Hamud as the new acting of the National Security Ministry. “The Defense Minister will also serve as the National Security Minister until new minister is appointed,” Minister Duhulow added.

He said the country needs not to fall into vacuum following the resignation of the former National Security Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled after al Shabaab militants attacked the country’s Parliament building on Saturday May 24th, killing at least 10 people, mostly security forces.

The appointment came as a wide reshuffle on the cabinet of the ministers is expected to take place soon after the resignation of the former security minister.