The embattled President of Somalia's
Transitional Federal government, Abdullahi Yusuf is expected to formally resign
before Christmas. President Yusuf is reportedly being pressured by the
international community to resign after unilaterally sacking Prime Minister Nur
Hassan Hussein, which further threatened the stability of the government. The
Somali parliament, however voted for Hussein to continue working as prime
minister. Yusuf is expected to go before parliament to formally tend in his
resignation after losing international support following his public feud with
Prime Minister Hussein.
Abdalla Haji Ali is a Somali member of parliament. He tells reporter Peter
Clottey from Baidoa that President Yusuf has no alternative but to resign.
think really he (Yusuf) doesn't have a choice. He came back with very, very
negative results, he didn't really have any breakthroughs in Nairobi and
everything is actually the same. You know the impeachment is there and he
cannot get along or reconcile with the prime minister and his government. So,
he doesn't have a choice and he has to resign and he has to leave as a matter
of fact. That is the proper choice for him," Ali noted.
He said President Yusuf's
leadership style has alienated his support base, leaving him isolated and
unable to effectively lead Somalia.
"For one thing he doesn't
have a support in the parliament. And secondly really he doesn't have the
support in the Somali public. At the same time he lost his friends in the IGAD
(The Intergovernmental Authority on Development)
countries. And he lost the support of the United States and the United Nations.
So the president is now in a very isolated situation. He doesn't have any
diplomatic support in the EU (European Union) and any other country. And
looking at his internal problems in the country he can no longer stay, and if
he stays he doesn't have the political support," he said.
Ali said there are laid down
regulations if the president of the transitional government steps down.
"According to the
constitution, the speaker of the parliament would actually fill the position.
He would be the interim president for 30 days until a new president is elected.
But while he remains in that position there would be people who would be vying
for the position to get elected as the president. And there would certainly be
competition there," Ali pointed out.
He said President Yusuf's
removal would be a significant blow to the Islamists who he said have been
undermining the transitional federal government.
"As a matter of fact, the
presence of President Abdullahi Yusuf enables the Islamists to rally support.
And as far as President Yusuf leaves the presidency the Islamists will actually
lose a lot of support among the people because they were rallying their support
on that issue. So, I think the whole political spectrum of Somalia will
actually change and the Islamists will lose some support among the people
because people will actually see who will be the president, and how he would
deal with the serious security matters of Somalia. And I think the cohesion of
the transitional federal government would improve," he said.
Meanwhile, some political observers say the transitional government and the
international community must deal with Islamists to avoid a security crisis
when Ethiopian troops withdraw later this December. They contend that
Ethiopia's withdrawal may offer Somalia a chance for a credible political
Neighboring Ethiopia has
provided military support for Somalia's transitional government, which has had
Western backing since December 2006. But the Ethiopian troops have been the
target of incessant daily attacks by an Islamist insurgency that controls most
of the country's south.