In Somalia, the president suspended his prime minister on corruption charges

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed during the inauguration of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019 in Pretoria.

Following a public outcry over the election, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed on Monday (December 27) announced the suspension of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble in this unstable country in the horn of Africa.

“The president has decided to suspend Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Robel and end his powers as soon as he becomes involved in corruption.”, The President’s Office has issued a statement accusing the Prime Minister of interfering in the land grab case.

Mr. Roble immediately blamed the head of state “Seize power from the Prime Minister by violating the Constitution and the law of the land”. “The Prime Minister (…) It is determined not to shy away from fulfilling its obligations to the nation in order to lead the country to an election ready for peaceful handover., Confirms the statement issued by the Office of the Head of Government.

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“Undermine the electoral process to its critical juncture”

Fermajo says tensions are running high between President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed and his prime minister Are coming back again and again. On Sunday, the prime minister accused the president of sabotaging the presidential election process, prompting the state president to relinquish responsibility for organizing elections in the wake of the long-awaited and severe institutional crisis.

The head of state did not want to arrange that Mr. Roble underlined “Reliable election” In the country. The president released a statement Saturday evening “The Prime Minister [avait] Failed to hold elections under the September 17, 2020 agreement ”, This agreement was signed fifteen months ago and it was the guide to the ballot.

The president called for a consultative conference to convene and appoint officials from the federal government, the Somali states and the capital Mogadishu. “A Talented Manager” It carries out the electoral process, which includes the election of the upper and lower house of parliament and their presidents.

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In a statement released Sunday, Roble said “This announcement is intended to deliberately undermine the electoral process at its core stage.”. The decision came just hours after the latter fired the head of the Electoral Commission.

Extension of two years

Fermajo, who has been president since 2017, saw his term end on February 8, when he failed to agree with regional leaders on setting up complex and indirect elections in Somalia. Announcement in mid-April His tenure was extended for two years Provoked armed conflict in Mogadishu.

In a pleasing gesture, Mr. took on the responsibility of organizing the elections. But in the months that followed, tensions between the two continued, culminating in their confrontation with the president’s announcement on September 16 to suspend the prime minister’s executive powers.

Pharmajo and Mr Roebel finally agreed to hatch at the end of October, calling for a joint effort to expedite the election process. Elections for the upper house have ended in all states except Kalmud, and voting for the lower house began in early November. But the presidential appointment is still a long way off, ten months after Fermajo’s decree.

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On Sunday, the United States said “Deep Concerns over Frequent Delays and Practical Irregularities in Undermining the Credibility of the Electoral Process”. Many observers believe the state’s crisis and electoral stalemate have diverted attention from key issues in Somalia, such as the Shabaab uprising that rocked the country since 2007. Despite being expelled from Mogadishu by the force of the African Union (AMISOM) in 2011, The Sabab Control the large countryside and conduct regular raids on the capital.

World with AFP