Somalia’s lower parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension

Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a controversial two-year presidential term extension it approved last month, a move that might help defuse an armed stand-off in the capital Mogadishu. The vote was broadcast on Somali television and came shortly after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed addressed parliament and said he was… Read More Somalia’s lower parliament votes to cancel presidential term extension

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

Members of Somalia’s opposition on Wednesday refused to withdraw from fortified positions in the capital after the president tried to defuse an armed standoff by promising to appear before parliament to debate a proposal to extend his term by two years. The proposal has split some security forces along clan lines and forced between 60,000… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agrees not to extend presidential term

Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble rejects proposed presidential term extension

Somalia’s prime minister denounced a proposed extension of the president’s term on Tuesday, piling pressure on President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to hold elections as rival factions in the security forces drew up battle lines in the capital. The heads of two regional states who had been staunch allies of the president also rejected the proposed… Read More Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble rejects proposed presidential term extension

New term bid of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed challenged by two regional governments

Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday. Parliament had been due to make a choice on February 8, but this was delayed… Read More New term bid of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed challenged by two regional governments

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed names political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has picked political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister, his office said on Friday, cementing power around the presidency ahead of elections due next year. Roble studied civil engineering and previously worked for the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations agency. He replaces Hassan Ali Khaire, who was sacked… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed names political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister