A move by Somalia's Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein to
replace some cabinet ministers who reportedly resigned in protest after the
controversial yet powerful mayor of Mogadishu was sacked is generating intense
debate. Hussein reportedly said the resignations would not affect government's
work, adding that the transitional government was working well despite the
resignations, which he claims were designed to create instability in the
country and to undermine a recently signed Djibouti peace process between the
government and an Eritrea-based opposition faction.
political analysts say the controversy surrounding the sacking of Mogadishu
mayor Mohamed Dheere is reportedly generating tension between Somali President
Abdullahi Yussuf and Prime Minister Hussein, which could destabilize the
transitional government. Somali journalist Haroun Maruf tells reporter Peter
Clottey that the dismissal of the Mogadishu mayor has plunged the country into
a political crisis.
(Prime Minister Nur Hassein) has replaced three ministers who resigned
Saturday. Two of them spoke to the media and expressed their disappointment
with the prime minister's dismissal of the mayor of Mogadishu. He also
appointed three other ministers for positions that were vacant. The prime
minister is saying that he did not seek an official resignation from seven
other ministries who were said to have resigned so, he is not ready to replace
them for the time being," Maruf pointed out.
said the sacking of the Mogadishu mayor contributed significantly to the
bottom line of this political crisis was the dismissal of the mayor of Mogadishu,
who is a key ally of the president. Well, there are a number of key allies in
the government in the military, in the police and in the security services that
are close to the president. And it is sad to say the president perhaps felt
that the prime minister would be going after these individuals, so he is trying
to show that he does not want his loyal supporters within the transitional
federal government, the police and the security to be released from their
positions because they have fought with him. They have been very trusted allies
of him for so long," he said.
said the president has the final say on who gets fired from the transitional
course the prime minister's responsibility is to propose who he wants to be in
his government, and who he wants to dismiss. But ultimately, the president
would have to sign, and as long as the president does not approve the prime
minister's whishes, the game stays in favor of the president," Maruf noted.
said tension between the president and the prime keeps escalating.
we have tension now, political tension between the president and the prime
minister. There is also a very strong movement lobbying in parliament some
parliamentarians who are allied with the prime minister are talking of motion
of impeachment of the president. Some other parliamentarians are campaigning
for a vote of no confidence for the prime minister's government in the
parliament. So the tension is rising," he said.
said neighboring Ethiopia can help resolve the ongoing political crisis in
tension can be solved, I believe, if the president and the prime minister agree
on the main point, which is the dismissal of the mayor of Mogadishu. And many
observers are expecting Ethiopia, a key ally of the government both the prime
minister and the president, to intervene and solve this crisis," Maruf pointed