SOMALI PM to face vote this week

Somalia's Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid. PHOTO | TOBIN JONES  AFP
Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid. PHOTO | TOBIN JONES AFP
Legislators of the Somali Federal Parliament Sunday received a document outlining a motion against the government of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon.

Following the distribution of the document that was endorsed by 168 MPs, the Speaker of the Parliament Professor Mohamed Osman Jawari announced that the lawmakers were handling an important issue, which they have to study for five days.

“The honourable members of the house are going to debate the motion seeking a vote of confidence for the government of Somalia led by Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon,” proclaimed Speaker Jawari.

He added, “The parliament will debate the proposal on Saturday, 30th of November.”

According to the Speaker, 230 MP out of 275 legislators were present at the session.

The proceeding, however, was made cumbersome by a section of the MPs demanding that the names of the legislators endorsing the motion be attached to the document.

“We are not sure whether this motion has been properly endorsed,” shouted some MPs thought to be loyal to PM Shirdon.

The document was first passed on to the leadership of the parliament on Thursday.

Political insiders believe that the current crisis is the result of serious differences between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and his prime minister.

Source: Daily Nation


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