Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appoints Hamza Abdi Barre as new prime minister

Somalia’s president nominated on Wednesday Hamza Abdi Barre, a former chairman of the Jubbaland state election commission, as prime minister. “I ask the parliament to approve him as soon as possible. I ask the prime minister to fulfill the work before him like tackling insecurity, drought, climate change and good relations with all countries,” President… Read More Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appoints Hamza Abdi Barre as new prime minister

Somali lawmakers to select country’s new president on May 15

Somali lawmakers are expected to pick the country’s new president on May 15, a parliamentary committee said on Thursday, the final step in a tortuous election process that has suffered delays due to a rift within the outgoing administration. The selection of a president is a key step in establishing a new government, which must… Read More Somali lawmakers to select country’s new president on May 15

UN, several countries in talks with Somalian president and prime minister for resolution of political feud

The United Nations and other countries are in talks with the Somalian prime minister and president to urge them to reduce tensions in their political feud that has fed fears of a military clash, officials said on Wednesday. A Somalia government official said Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble had separately talked with a senior U.S.… Read More UN, several countries in talks with Somalian president and prime minister for resolution of political feud

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspends PM Mohammed Hussein Roble

Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, said on Monday he had suspended the prime minister’s powers, escalating a destabilising dispute in the Horn of Africa country. The president, who had suspended Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble before over an earlier confrontation, said in a statement he had taken the action pending an investigation of accusations the… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspends PM Mohammed Hussein Roble

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

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