Deposed Somali PM dismiss gov't dissolution by president "unconstitutional "

20:12, May 18, 2010      

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Deposed Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdelrashid Ali Sharmark on Tuesday dismissed President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed'Ahmed's dissolution of the government as "unconstitutional".

Somali president on Monday dissolved the government of former Prime Minister Sharmarke following bitter political row with the speaker of the Somali parliament who resigned over the rift. "With all due respect, I think the president's decision to dissolve the government is unconstitutional and is against the interim charter," Sharmarke told reporters in Mogadishu.

The ousted Prime Minister said at a news conference held in his residence in Mogadishu that he had a meeting with the president overnight and that he informed he would not submit his resignation nor was he impeached by the Somali parliament.

Sharmarke who was accompanied by several members of his cabinet, said that the council of ministers will carry on with their normal duties and that the decision by the Somali president to disband the government would not affect their work.

Meanwhile, the Somali president said that he is planning to name a new PM who will in turn form "an efficient and effective government that can tackle the challenges ahead of the war torn horn of African nation.

UN envoy for Somalia Auld Abdalla supported the Somali president's move to dissolve the government of sharmarke and praised the Somali parliament Speaker Sheikh Adan Madoobe for his "courageous" decision to step down.

Source: Xinhua


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