Somali prime minister voted out of office by lawmakers

Somali lawmakers voted Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed out of office on Saturday, the parliament speaker said, after a row with the president over a cabinet reshuffle

Somali prime minister voted out of office by lawmakers

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Somali parliament on Saturday voted to withdraw confidence from Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and his government.

Some 153 MPs voted in favor of a motion to withdraw confidence from the Premier, while 80 legislators voted against.

Last month, 165 MPs drafted a bill in the 275-member assembly withdrawing confidence from the premier, who fell out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud over a cabinet reshuffle.

However, the parliament had failed over three sessions to vote on withdrawing confidence from Ahmed over chaos triggered by opposition MPs.

Under the Somali Constitution, the Somali President has a 30-day period to name a new premier.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

Earlier this year, the country appeared to inch closer to stability after government troops and African Union forces – deployed in the country since 2007 – drove Al-Shabaab group from most of its strongholds.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Aralık 2014, 13:37

Muhammed Öylek