In Somalia, the president suspends his prime minister whom he accuses of corruption

In the aftermath of a public dispute over the elections, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced on Monday (December 27th) that he was suspending the prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, in this unstable country in the Horn of Africa. .

« The president has decided to suspend the prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, and to end his powers as soon as he is linked to corruption », the president’s office said in a statement, accusing the prime minister of interfering in an investigation into a land grabbing case.

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Term extended for two years

Tensions between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, says Farmaajo, and his prime minister are recurrent. On Sunday, the Prime Minister accused the president of sabotaging the electoral process, after the decision of the Head of State to withdraw from him the charge of organizing the elections, long awaited and at the origin of a serious institutional crisis.

President since 2017, Farmaajo saw his term expire on February 8 without being able to agree with regional leaders on the organization of elections, governed in Somalia by a complex and indirect electoral system. The announcement in mid-April of the extension of his mandate for two years had provoked armed clashes in Mogadishu.

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Many observers believe that the crisis at the top of the state and the electoral stalemate are distracting attention from more important issues in Somalia, such as the Chabab insurgency that has rocked the country since 2007.

The World with AFP

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