Somalia Appoints al-Qaeda Offshoot's Ex-Deputy Chief as Religion Minister

Somalia Appoints al-Qaeda Offshoot’s Ex-Deputy Chief as Religion Minister

Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre appointed Mukhtar Robow — a former deputy chief of al-Shabaab, which is a Somali branch of the international jihadist terror organization al-Qaeda — as Somalia’s new religion minister on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

“After much deliberation with the president and the public, I have named cabinet ministers who have education and experience and they will fulfill their duties,” Prime Minister Barre said on August 2 before naming several cabinet appointees, including Robow. “I ask the parliament to approve the cabinet.”

The Somali parliament approved Barre as prime minister of Somalia on June 25 after he was nominated for the post by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Robow, also known as Abu Mansour, was present in Somalia’s presidential palace on

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