Somalia names fmr Al-Shabaab leader Muktar Robow as religion minister


Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre has announced the appointment of Muktar Robow, a former deputy leader and spokesman for the Al-Shabaab Islamist group as religion minister.

Muktar Robow, who has been under house arrest for the past four years owing to a conflict with former President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, is elated by the news.

Robow, 53, officially defected from Al-Qaeda-linked extremists in August 2017, with the US government announcing a $5 million reward for his capture at one time.


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