Political tension feared after Somali PM announces cabinet reshuffle
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, declared a small cabinet reshuffle today, resulting in some ministers and deputy ministers being changed from their current positions to others.
The decision which came from the Prime Minister’s office was announced by the Minister of Information, Mustafa Dhuhulow, on government media outlets. Among those who were part of the reshuffle was, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir, who was changed from his powerful position as Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs to Minister of Livestock, while Salim Aliyow Ibrow was announced to assume Abdulkadir’s former position.
Farah Abdulkadir is considered the closest and most powerful ally of the Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mahmud, the decision to replace him is regarded by many Somali analysts as the eruption of a new political crisis and feud between the President and Prime Minister. “Farah Abdulkadir was the de facto right hand man of the President, whose position as Minister of Constitutional affairs the President used to take several controversial decisions in regards to forming Federal states and to appoint judges” said a Mogadishu based analyst. “However removing Farah from his position will undoubtedly spark the political war between President and Prime Minister” he added.
Last week Somalia’s Chief of Justice, Aydid Abdullahi Ilka-Hanaf, accused the Somali government of undermining the country’s judiciary in order to gain absolute power over it. It’s not clear if the removal of the Justice Minister from his position is related to the accusations leveled by Ilka-Hanaf against the government.