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Somali President resigns, hands over presidency to Speaker
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16:18, December 29, 2008

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Somali President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed on Monday announced his resignation and handed over presidency to Speaker of parliament Sheik Aden Madoobe, ending an infighting with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein which has almost brought the transitional government to the brink of collapse.

Yusuf made the announcement while addressing the parliament in the southern town of Baidoa.

Yusuf said "If I was unable to fulfill my duty I will resign."

"I said I will do everything in may power to make government work across the country. That did not happen either," Yusuf told the parliament.

"I asked the leaders to cooperate with me for the common good of the people. That also did not happened," he added.

Yusuf said he would formally submit a letter of resignation later in the day.


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