Somali leader to name new PM as ousted speaker resigns

09:11, May 18, 2010      

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Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Monday said that he intended to nominate a new prime minister to replace the ousted one as the deposed speaker of the parliament resigned from his post.

The Somali parliament's session on Sunday resulted in the ouster of the Prime Minister Omar Abdelrashid Ali Sharmarke and the speaker of the parliament Sheikh Adan Madobe by rival lawmakers following deep differences between the two sides.

The president and the speaker made their announcement in a joint press conference at the presidential residence in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, while it was not attended by the deposed premier who is yet to comment on the development.

President Sharif urged lawmakers to choose new speaker to replace Madobe, adding that he will soon name a new prime minister and that the former speaker will be included in any future government. Lawmakers have on Sunday named Haji Shukri Sheikh Ahmed, the oldest Member of Parliament, as an interim speaker before a new one is selected.

Somali lawmakers opposed to the Speaker on Sunday said that they sacked the official hours after he announced the Somali government has lost a vote of confidence which he said was conducted during closed doors session of the parliament.

The Somali parliament met on Sunday in Mogadishu for the first time in more than five months following row between the two. The much anticipated session on Sunday was mired by chaos as opposing MPs booed one another and the speaker was unable to chair the session because of the disorder and noise in the newly renovated parliament building.

The speaker, Sheikh Adan Madobe, spoke with reporters soon after the end of the parliament meeting and announced that the Somali government lost a vote of no-confidence.

Soon after the speaker's announcement, lawmakers opposed to the speaker said that they have sacked Madobe and named Haji Shukri Sheikh Ahmed, the eldest member of the Somali parliament as the interim speaker in accordance with the Somali national charter.

Many lawmakers have been arguing that the term of office of the speaker have ended last August when the term of the former Somali government would have ended before it was extended in the Djibouti peace process that led to the accommodation of former opposition members into the government and election of the current moderate president.



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