Somali MPs sack prime minister

Somali MPs sack prime minister

Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:47 pm

Members of parliament voted Somalia’s prime minister out of office on Saturday for the second time in a year, a move Western donors had warned would threaten the war-torn nation’s fragile recovery.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed had been embroiled in a row over a cabinet reshuffle with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who had overruled his changes.The prime minister had been in office for just under a year after his predecessor, who also argued about the composition of the cabinet and been accused of poor performance, was voted out.

“The prime minister and his government are out of office,” Speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari said after 153 members of parliament voted against the premier and 80 backed him.

“We ask the president to establish a government as soon as possible.”Officials in the president’s office could not immediately be reached for comment on the appointment of a new premier.

Some politicians have said the post could be offered to Finance Minister Hussein Halane, 59, seen as an ally of the president.  

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