Fourteen ministers call on Somali PM to resign amidst growing political dispute
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Fourteen Somali cabinet ministers have called on the Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed to resign from his post in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute between him and President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud.
A paper signed by fourteen out of twenty-five cabinet ministers requesting him to step down was passed on to the Prime Ministers on Sunday night. Those who signed the paper include influential ministers, such as the Foreign, Interior, Defense and Finance Ministers, and urged him to consider their request in order to save the Somali government from the current crisis.
In recent weeks Somalia has witnessed a growing political dispute between the President and Prime Minister, dividing government institutions into siding with either the President or Prime Minister. It’s now said that all fourteen cabinet ministers who signed the paper are backing the President, however it’s highly unlikely that the Prime Ministers will give in to their call according to sources within the Somali government.
The Somali parliament has so far failed twice to distribute a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister after the sessions turned disorderly and into chaos. The international community, such as the UN, US, UK and Germany, have also called on the Somali leaders to solve their disputes, however until now it seems the calls have landed on deaf ears, leading countries like the US to threaten to cut its military and financial aid to the Somali government.