Parliament session ends in chaos while senior MP survives assassination attempt
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A parliamentary meeting held in order to distribute copies of no confidence motion papers in regards to the Somali Prime Minister, has ended in chaos and disorder.
The chaos ensued shortly after the parliamentary speaker arrived and announced the distribution of the no confidence motion, upon which MPs who’re in favor of the Prime Minister began shouting, whistling, beating tables and booing, turning the whole session into a scene of disarray.
MP Abdi Barre, who’s in favor of the Prime Minister and spoke to the media, described the no confidence motion as “unlawful and unconstitutional” while accusing those who were seeking the no confidence motion were “bribed by the Presidential palace”. He further vowed that they wouldn’t allow this no confidence motion to be even discussed in the parliament.
However others, such as MP Abdirahman Kulmiye Hersi, who are pushing for the motion, accused a few MPs to have been the cause of the disarray, while claiming that the majority were in favor of the motion. “The no confidence motion was prepared by the majority of the members of parliament and is absolutely legitimate”. He strongly denied the accusations that bribes were handed out to MPs in favor of the motion.
Several attempts were made by the parliamentary speaker to calm the situation, however both sides continued exchanging accusations and hurling insults, until after three hours the futile session came to an end.
Meanwhile a prominent Somali MP Mohamed Omar Talha survived an assassination attempt after gunmen in a car opened fire on his car, however the attack claimed the lives of his driver and bodyguard. “I was on my way to the parliament session when a car drove next to us and suddenly opened fire on my car. I survived, but sadly my driver and bodyguard were killed in the attack, while the gunmen escaped”, he told media.