Two deputy ministers resign after being nominated for Somali cabinet
Mogadishu (Harar24) – While the Somali President Hasan Sheekh Mahmud praised and approved the new council of ministers, others have already begun to show their signs of discontent and opposition.
Several reports have indicated that the mayor of Mogadishu and governor of Benadir, Mahmud Ahmed Nur (Tarsan) resigned from his post as deputy Minister of Youth & Sports less than 24 hours after his nomination. The mayor said: “I was not consulted regarding this; I resign from this post that I was assigned to”. It’s further reported that the mayor claimed he doesn’t wish to be a minister of any type as there was no “consultation” involved. Other sources however suggest that the mayor knew of the nomination but wasn’t satisfied with how things were run.
Meanwhile, Abdikafi Ma’lin Hasan, another deputy minister also resigned from his post. According to reports he claimed that the position of deputy wasn’t befitting as a representative of his clan.
The list of ministers was not as many were expecting, i.e. to see many recurring figures. However as many predicted, Abdikarim Husein Guled returned as a minister, at the very same post he was holding. This has caused a lot of suspicion and doubts, as many claim that he only returned to his previous position due to his close association with the incumbent president and the much rumored “Damul Jadid” group. According to numerous sources many people are displeased with his return including his own Habargidir clan, especially after he was heavily criticized by former military general Galaal who said Guled himself was “a threat to security”.
Although many have welcomed the new cabinet which consists of 25 ministers, 25 deputy ministers and 5 state ministers, an equal amount of people remain skeptical and wary of the newly announced cabinet.