Canada Somalia: the iron arm between the president and his prime minister continues

03:15  15 september  2021
03:15  15 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Somalia: Regional Chiefs call for discussions between President and Prime Minister

 Somalia: Regional Chiefs call for discussions between President and Prime Minister © Yasuyoshi Chiba President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (G), Alias ​​"Farmajo", in Djibouti on July 5, 2018 and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble (D) in Mogadishcio on May 27, 2021 The leaders of the five semi-autonomous states that constitute Somalia called on Friday the President and the Prime Minister, whose open conflict threatens the stability of the country, to discuss and resolve their dispute by "mediation".

The crisis between President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed, Said Farmajo, and his Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble arises while the country is supposed to hold a presidential election in October 2021. The crisis started at the beginning of the year, when the head of state extended two years his Mandate that had just expired, but it broke out in broad daylight after the assassination last Decisions that have thus accentuated the iron arm between the two men . Since then, the president and his prime minister have met several times to try to appease the crisis, but without success.

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire was removed from his post in a vote of no confidence on Saturday, the country's parliamentary speaker said. A simmering power struggle between Khaire and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed provided the backdrop to the vote, which resulted in 170 of parliament's President Mohamed, who appointed Khaire in February 2017, has been at loggerheads with the prime minister over when to stage Somalia 's national elections, due in February 2021. The president was in favor of postponing the nationwide ballot, with Khaire insisting it should go ahead.

Le Premier ministre Mohamed Hussein Roble (photo) et le président Farmajo s'opposent dans la crise politique provoquée par la disparition et le meurtre d'une jeune agente des services de renseignement au mois de juin dernier. (image d'illustration) © Abdirahman Yusuf AFP / file Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble (photo) and President Farmajo oppose the political crisis provoked by the disappearance and the Murder of a young intelligence agent last June. (Illustration image)

At the origin of the tension between the two men: the likely disappearance and death of Ikran Tahlil, an intelligence agent, NISA, last June. A case where the hierarchy of NISA is suspected, but protected by the President. Despite a start of mediation last weekend, the two men continue to make parallel and contradictory decisions.

President Farmajo has appointed Monday a commission of inquiry composed of magistrates on the disappearance of the young Ikran Tahlil, with a member chosen by NISA. Gold before his prime minister had entrusted this investigation into military justice, so out of reach of NISA, an initiative that she received the support of the victim's family.

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Somalia ’s parliament has removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in an unexpected vote of no-confidence, the speaker of parliament said. Holding a press conference Saturday after the voting, the speaker, Mohamed Mursal Abdurahman, accused the government of Prime Minister Hassan Ali The unexpected vote came after what analysts have termed “the explosion of a long-awaited dispute” between the president and the prime minister on the model and the timing of the country’s upcoming elections. Khayre, a dual Norwegian citizen and former Soma Oil Company executive, was not

Somali politicians have voted 184-65 to oust the prime minister and his cabinet after 14 months in office. Abdi Farah Shirdon would remain in office until the president , Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, nominated a new prime minister , who would have 30 days to appoint a cabinet, the parliamentary Outgoing Prime Minister Shirdon had worked hard to promote growth and progress and played an important part in creating the New Deal Compact between international partners and Somalia ," Kay said. The government is in place largely thanks to African Union troops, and controls only small parts

Video: Somalia: Climbing between the President and the Prime Minister continues (Euronews)

So the iron arm between the two men continues, despite their head-to-face Saturday. The only advance obtained, according to a Somali journalist: Farmajo and Mohamed Hussein Roble have established a liaison committee between their two offices and "maintain open a line of communication".

According to the same source, in the face of confusion, all those who can serve as mediators are solicited to intervene. Last Saturday was two regional governors, Allies of Farmajo, who tried to bring the points closer together. And a financial regulation, called "Blood Debt", would have even been proposed to the family of Ikran Tahlil.

But the father of the victim spoke in public for the first time on Saturday. He launched the address of the intelligence services that he suspects of crime: "appointment his body or produce the living.

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