Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
November 15, 2012
The United States welcomes the confirmation of the new Somali Cabinet by the Somalia Federal Parliament on November 13. This overwhelming endorsement by the federal Parliament is historic and marks progress in ushering in a new era of accountable and representative leadership. It also demonstrates continued constructive cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities in Somalia. This new cabinet, with equal minority clan representation, reflects the diversity of the Somali population; and the presence of two women, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adan and Minister of Social Services and Development Dr. Mariam Kasim, underscores the active participation of women in Somali society. The United States remains steadfast in its support for the Somali people and looks forward to working with the new cabinet as it begins the challenging work to promote security, stabilization, and economic revitalization for all of Somalia’s regions and people.