President Sharif to Appoint New PM - Speaker Resigns in Somalia

Published on Tuesday 18th May 2010

The speaker of Somalia's parliament Sheikh Adan Mohammed Nur Madobe has resigned from his position, Radio Garowe reports.

Madobe said he took the decision to save the fragile government from collapse and also unite the divided parliament, which is in disarray following internal rife between members.

"I have decided to relinquish my position as the speaker of the Somali parliament in order to end the dispute in the house," he said.

"I am sacrificing my position for the sake of Somali people, and to avoid being the focal point of the ultimate collapse of the parliament," he added.

Sheikh Madobe said he handed over his resignation letter to the president, who accepted it and urged the parliament to appoint an interim chair.

"I am urging the lawmakers to appoint a new chair so as to end the dispute. We must work on the unity of the house to end the misery of our country," President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed appealed.

Meanwhile, Somalia's president vowed to appoint a new premier after dissolving the current government. It was not clear if the current Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharma'arke has step down or was sacked.

However, reports that reached Garowe Online suggest that PM Sharma'arke is currently held in a meeting with the members of his deposed government in his house.

On Sunday, Somali lawmakers gave the speaker hard time to address the house after yelling for his resignation. Moments later, the furious speaker announced that the government had collapsed after failing to garner the confidence through a vote of no confidence.

The dispute between members of Somali transition government and parliament has made impossible for the weak administration to overcome the powerful insurgency that is threatening its existence.

On Monday, Al-Shabaab, the main Somali insurgent group that is waging war against Ahmed's administration and African Union troops, urged its fighters to complete its mission of capturing the entire country.

The group says only a few blocks of Mogadishu remain under the government and some south central towns that are under the control of pro-government forces.


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