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Lawmakers oppose no-confidence motion against Somali president

May 20 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Sabahi

A group of more than 100 members of the Somali parliament called for the withdrawal of a no-confidence motion against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Monday (May 19th), Somalia's RBC Radio reported

The lawmakers held a press conference in Mogadishu to announce the end of their support for the motion.

"We have seen that such an impeachment motion would not serve the interests of the country during this hard time," said lawmaker Mohamed Omar Dalha. "I would call my fellow MPs who want the president to step down to bring their findings to the parliament not the media."

Interior Minister says he will modify national laws

May 19 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The Minister of Interior & Federalism for the Somali Federal Government announced that the Ministry will undertake significant changes including the laws that the government has imposed.

Abdullahi Godax Barre, the Interior Minister strained that the reason for the laws to be changed are mainly because they are wrong, and will modify them before bringing it before Parliament to endorse the regulations.

Parliament to debate Interior Minister’s motion

May 18 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Members of the Somali Parliament are expected to begin on the motion against the Minister of Interior & Federalism. A motion was recently brought forward by legislators and the Speaker of Parliament has decided that the MPs will be able to get their say today.

Lawmakers previously questioned the Minister of Interior & Federalism Abdullahi Godax Barre, and legislators claim that they disapproved of his answers and therefore set forth their motion against  him.

Information Minister highlights gov’t progress on 4th month in office

May 17 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Saturday morning, the Minister of Information for the Somali Federal Government highlighted the progress and advancement the government has made since January 2014.

Mustaf Sheikh Ali, the Information Minister, emphasized that the government has taken effective steps and actions to improve the security conditions in Mogadishu and other parts of the country.

New commissioner of Howlwadaag appointed

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

A handover ceremony was held last in Mogadishu in which the district commissioner of Howlwadaag was replaced. After a decree from the Governor of Benadir & Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Abukar Jacfar was stranded of his title.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Howlwadaag district centre, Mr. Jacfar claimed that during his time as commissioner, he enforced tough security measures in the district.

Parliamentary Finance Committee to investigate gov’t corruption scandals

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Abdi Barre Yusuf, a parliamentarian of the Somali Federal Government who is among legislators in the Finance Committee, reported to Shabelle on the recent corruption claims involving the Ministry of Finance.

The Member of Parliament confirmed that he has received incriminating evidence that the State Minister of Foreign Affairs ordered the compensation of $300,000 USD to a company that imported thousands of kilograms of sugar from abroad at Mogadishu seaport.

MP Dalha calls on gov’t to investigate corruption scandal

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Mohamed Omar Dalha, a Member of Parliament reported to Shabelle that he is calling on the Somali Federal Government to investigate the latest of claims of corruption among the government involving the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Dalha said that the responsibility of the parliamentary finance committee is to monitor and track mass money withdrawals and verify that the sums are being used for official reasons only, to avoid corruption among politicians and other officials.

Parliamentarians temporarily postpone motion against Interior Minister

May 12 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Somali Members of Parliament (MPs) as usual, convened today for their daily session at the National Assembly in Mogadishu. Mahad Abdalla Awad, the second deputy parliament speaker announced that the motion against the Interior Minister will be delayed until further notice.

In yesterday’s sitting, over 65 MPs brought forward a motion to the second deputy speaker of parliament requesting that lawmakers hold a vote of confidence for the Minister of Interior & Federalism, Abdullahi Godax Barre.

MPs contemplate whether to motion against Interior Minister

May 12 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Over 65 Members of Parliament yesterday submitted a motion against the Minister of Interior & Federalism Abdullahi Godax Barre, who in their opinion has breached several articles in the provisional constitution.

The legislators requested from the Speaker of parliament whether parliament can review whether Mr. Barre is suitable enough to continue as Interior Minister after lawmakers accuse him of appointing district and regional administration without the consent of local residents.

Peace & Democracy party chairman calls on elders to stay away from politics

May 12 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The chairman of the Peace & Democratic political party Abdullahi Sheikh Hassan said that the traditional clan elders and intellectuals that are protesting the motion against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to not being ousted in a vote of confidence, should steer well clear from politics as political affairs or disputes should be resolved by Members of Parliament.

Mr. Hassan added that the motion was prepared by the Somali legislators in parliament and that they alone get the final say on whether the President will face a vote of confidence or not.

Lawmakers bring forward a motion to oust Interior Minister

May 11 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The Minister of Interior & Federalism Abdullahi Godax Barre was recently summoned by Somali lawmakers to the National Assembly building in Mogadishu to answer a few questions regarding the formation of district and regional administrations for areas liberated from Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

In today’s session, over 65 Members of Parliament (MPs) have brought forward a motion to have a vote of confidence against Abdullahi Godah Barre, the Minister of Interior & Federalism. The second Deputy Speaker was chairing the session with 128 legislators in attendance.

Marka district commissioner strands Shalanbod commissioner of his title

May 11 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The district commissioner of Marka in the Lower Shabelle region Mohamed Ali Yarisow, has reported to Shabelle that he has declared a new commissioner for the Shalanbood town after stranding the current one of his title.

Mr. Yarisow has said that Shalanbod town falls under the Marka district and for that reason, he has power to name a new commissioner.

Furthermore, the commissioner of Shalanbod Nur Osman said that the government gave him the title and that only they have the power to replace him.

 

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Minister of Nat. Securits calls on legislators to give the President a ‘chance’

May 10 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The Minister of National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled, spoke to the BBC Somali Service in the UK and called on Somali legislators to give the President one more chance to prove himself.

Mr. Guled said that calling on President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to resign needs to be done according to the constitution as he (the President) is the senior politician of state.

“I am asking the Somali Parliament to allow the government to change tactics as it only has a little time left and that the lawmakers stop creating tension.” Said the Minister of National Security.

 

Prime Minister denies he met with certain clans in Lower Shabelle

May 10 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The Prime Minister of the Somali Federal Republic Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, has pledged that his government is committed in supporting the citizens in Lower Shabelle to stop all Al-Shabaab movements in the region, he said after a short trip to Marka and Qoryole.

Mr. Ahmed also added that the co-allied Somali National Army and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will flush out the terrorist insurgents from strategic strongholds in Lower Shabelle region including Barawe.

Civil society convene in Mogadishu and call on the President to resign

May 09 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

A meeting was held today in Mogadishu in which legislators, clan elders, intellectuals and peace-builders participated in. Members of the society welcomed the motion against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud calling on him to tender his resignation.

Nur Bocor Jeelle, the chairman of the House of Hawiye said at the meeting that the President failed in his leadership and in that case he should resign as soon as possible.

Speaker Jawari allows legislators to debate on motion against President Hassan Sheikh

May 08 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

In today’s parliamentary session, the Speaker of the Somali Federal Parliament has allowed for a motion against President Hassan Sheikh to pass and for legislators to call on his resignation.

The Speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman ‘Jawari’, was presented with a letter in which stated that around 130 Members of Parliament have decided to call on the President to tender his resignation or that they will have a vote of confidence.

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