Why does Prime Minister Shirdon have to resign?
By Harar24 Editorial Team
Recently there had been a lot of talk surrounding the Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and his resignation. The Prime Minister had on previous occasions dismissed claims regarding his resignation and said that there would be a cabinet shuffle.
However several reports and sources inside the government have now confirmed that the Somali President Hasan Mahmud seeks the resignation of Prime Minister Shirdon. According to sources the request of the President was met with refusal by the Prime Minister who said that he would stay in his position and continue his work as no understandable reason was given.
The President’s request and Prime Minister’s refusal should not come as a surprise, as Somali politics could rather get “problematic” at times to say the least. The previous Sharif administration was well known for its internal bickering; in its four year rule of Somalia we saw three different prime ministers taking office, two of whom were forced to resign due to pressure coming from the president and the then head of parliament Sharif Hasan.
Until now the reasons for Shirdon’s requested resignation remain unclear, however unverified sources claim that problems started between the two when the Prime Minister handed over the names of twenty three new cabinet ministers, however the list of names did not include two of the names of current minister who’re close to the President, speculated to be Abdikarim Guled & Farah Abdiqadir another powerful minister in the cabinet, who is also close to the President.
The recent resignation of Somalia’s former central bank governor Yussur Abrar had certainly raised eyebrows regarding political corruption in the Somali government. According to Raxanreeb Online Yussur Abrar was threatened and blackmailed by businessmen close to President Hassan. Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency “Thabit” & Muse Ganjab a successful businessman, both whom are close to the President are amongst those who are accused of threatening Yussur Abrar. The point I’m trying to get across is, is the President being influenced or pressured by those who are considered close to him (if the claims of him wanting Shirdon to resign is because of Shirdon’s refusal to add someone who’s close to him in the new cabinet, especially since some of the new cabinet members will include those who may not take corruptions like these lightly) to make certain moves? What raises more suspicion is that both Abdikarim Guled & Farah Abdiqadir belong to the so-called “New Blood” (or more commonly known in Somalia as “Dam Jadiid”, who are an offshoot of the Islamic “Al-Islah” movement) movement which the President also belongs to, even though he has denied it many times, it remains a well known fact in Somalia. In fact many accused him of appointing “Dam Jadiid” members to powerful political positions.
In the early beginnings of this administration, they guaranteed that they would be different than previous administrations, be it in security, finance, education, internal problems etc. That hope that we had is slowly dimming. It’s really hard to say “back to square one”, because did we even move from square one?