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Somalia appoints al-Shabaab co-founder as religion minister

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The Somalian Prime Minister, Hamza Abdi Barre, on Tuesday appointed the co-founder of the al-Shabaab terrorist organisation, Sheikh Muktar Robow Abuu Mansuur, as the country’s Minister of Religion Affairs.

Robow broke away from the al-Qaeda-linked terror group in 2013 over ideological differences.

He was declared wanted by the United States with a $5 million bounty on his head before breaking ranks with the group and declaring support for the government in 2017.

READ ALSO: Somalian suicide bomber kills 13, injures 20

Robow later fell out with the government in 2018 after he was declared as “politically powerful” and placed under house arrest.

He was released by the government early this year and granted state pardon.

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