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LEWISTON – Abdiweli Ali, who took a two-year break from his job as a Niagara University economics professor to serve as prime minister of his native Somalia, will speak about his experiences in the impoverished, war-torn East African nation at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara campus.

After his talk, Ali will be joined in a panel discussion by David A. Reilly, associate professor of political science; Brian M. Murphy, associate professor of communication studies; and Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York.

Ali joined the transitional federal government of Somalia as deputy prime minister in November 2010. In June 2011, he succeeded to the top job after the resignation of Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Ali served until his term expired in October 2012.