Briefly: U.N. holds funding appeal in Somali capital

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SOMALIA

MOGADISHU — The U.N. has launched its aid appeal for Somalia in the capital, Mogadishu, for the first time in two decades.

The U.N. on Tuesday said that $1.3 billion is needed for programs from 2013 to 2015 that will assist 3.8 million people.

The acting humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Stefano Porretti, said that while the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains critical, the improvement in food stocks and new-found security in the capital present an opportunity to break the cycle of recurring crises brought on by drought and conflict.

He said it is “imperative” that the world continue to support humanitarian work in Somalia.

The U.N. has faced criticism for operating its Somalia aid operations from neighboring Kenya.

But recently, the U.N. and other aid groups have begun to move back into Mogadishu.

NAMIBIA

President picks Geingob for prime minister

WINDHOEK — Namibia’s president has said that Hage Geingob will return to serve as the nation’s prime minister as part of a major Cabinet reshuffle in the southern Africa nation.

The Namibia Press Agency said President Hifikepunye Pohamba made the announcement Tuesday during a hastily called news conference in the capital Windhoek.

Mr. Geingob is part of the ruling party South West African People’s Organization, a former guerrilla movement known as SWAPO.

Mr. Geingob’s elevation comes after he was confirmed Sunday as SWAPO’s vice president. That puts him in a strong position to become SWAPO’s presidential candidate in the nation’s coming 2014 election.

Mr. Geingob previously served as Namibia’s first prime minister from 1990 to 2002.

Namibia gained its independence and a majority-rule government in 1990.

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