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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 10:36 GMT 11:36 UK
Somalia's landmark government
Militiamen training to be Somalia's new national security force
The government's security is important
The new Prime Minister of Somalia, Ali Khalif Galaydh, has announced his government, the first in the country since the overthrow of the last president, Mohamed Siad Barre, almost 10 years ago.

The new cabinet has 25 ministers, all of whom are men and are drawn from Somalia's different clans.


The prime task of the Somali government will be pacification and reconciliation

Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galaydh
Mr Galaydh said he had named a government of reconciliation which would not use force to implement its agenda.

Mr Galaydh and President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan, who was elected in neighbouring Djibouti in August, made a triumphant return to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday.

Click here to see the full cabinet list.

Warlords wary

The two men pledged to disarm the militia and their warlords who have split the country into ruling fiefdoms in the nine years of civil war which followed the ousting of Mr Barre.

But most of the warlords have said they are opposed to the new president, and gunmen in Mogadishu on Wednesday shot one of the men charged with demobilising the militia.

President Hassan returned to Mogadishu on Saturday
President Hassan wants reconciliation
The man, Yusuf Talan, had been a general in the army during the presidency of Mohammed Siad Barre a decade ago.

His killing represented the second serious setback in Somalia's process of reconciliation in less than a week.

Earlier the leader of Somalia's Rahanwein Resistance Army (RRA), Hassan Mohamed Nur Shargudud, said he no longer recognises the authority of the transitional parliament in which he was allotted a seat.

The RRA - which controls the important southern town of Baidoa - had previously declared its loyalty to the transitional government which was elected at the Djibouti conference.

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