As the government kicked off anti-militant operations in Mogadishu and many parts of south-central Somalia, the president of Somalia on Wednesday nominated new Somali military and police chiefs.
Gen. Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini was named to be Somalia’s new military chief and Gen. Sharif Sheikhuna Maye was named to be the police chief, according to a statement from the president's office.
In a ceremony held at the presidential palace, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said the new commanders are needed to perform extraordinary efforts to liberate the country from what he called international criminals and terrorists who he said had invaded Somalia.“We hope them to succeed their mandated mission and live up national duties,” Ahmed said.The new military commander, Dini, said he is very happy and pleased with his nomination as Somali military chief and vowed to work to bring peace back as much as he could.After the swearing-in, Maye, the new police chief, vowed that he will serve the civilian people by assuring peace and tranquility in the country, particularly Mogadishu.Early this month, the beleaguered president fired four top security officers, including police, military and intelligence chiefs.The fired officers were accused of not satisfactorily performing their duties. During their terms of service, a number of government officials were assassinated in TFG-controlled districts of Mogadishu.AHL
Major General Abduladir Sheikh ali Dini
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