Somalia dismisses prime minister in vote of no confidence | World news


The Somali parliament removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire from his post in a vote of no confidence on Saturday for failing to pave the way for fully democratic elections, the president said.A whopping 170 of Parliament’s 178 MPs backed the no-confidence motion, and Khaire’s ouster was immediately approved by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who appointed him prime minister in February 2017.

The deputies arrived at the national assembly on Saturday to work on the organization of the next national elections in 2021.

“After learning that the government had failed in its promise to prepare a clear plan that paves the way for one-person, one-vote elections in 2021… parliament proceeded to a vote of no confidence against the government and its prime minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, ”parliament speaker Mohamed Mursal told reporters.

“The President of the Federal Government of Somalia… will appoint a Prime Minister and a government that will pave the way for the elections,” he added.

The president’s office issued a statement saying Farmajo would soon appoint a new prime minister.

“I have decided to accept the decision of parliament,” the president said in the statement.

The fragile central government, chaired by Farmajo, controls only part of Somali territory and faces an insurgency from the militant group al-Shabaab affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Somalia has set itself a goal of holding a one-person, one-vote national election in early 2021 – as opposed to a complex system in which special delegates choose lawmakers who then vote for the president – in what would be his first full democratic election since 1969.

Khaire, 52, was a newcomer to the political scene when he became prime minister, having served as director of the Africa department of British oil company Soma Oil and Gas.

Khaire is a member of the Hawiye clan while Farmajo is of the Darod clan, in keeping with the traditional balance at the top of the Somali executive.


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