Somalia's president reinstated Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke and his cabinet on Thursday after days of uncertainty following a parliamentary vote of no confidence in them.
President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed asked Sharmarke and his ministers to step down after the vote on Sunday. A total 280 MPs had chosen to sack them, according to former speaker Sheikh Aden Madobe, who has since resigned.
"Why I replaced the prime minister was because I was referring to a letter from the former speaker, but I have ordered the government to continue its duties because when I discussed with lawyers, they said it was unconstitutional," Ahmed said in a statement.
Sharmarke refused to leave his position and maintained that parliament's move was unconstitutional.
The chamber, whose business has been paralysed because many legislators live in Kenya, Europe and America because of security fears in the war-riven country, met for the first time on Sunday, since December.
The AU AMISOM peace mission bolstering it in Mogadishu has just under 7,000 troops, according to the United Nations, and its soldiers are also under frequent attacks from roadside bombs and rebel artillery.
The African Union has asked its member states to boost the troops numbers but only Uganda and Burundi have done so. In a separate attack, two children were killed when a mortar fired in the direction of the parliament landed on a house.
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