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Somali Parliament Dissolves Government


Somalia's parliament has passed a no confidence motion against the prime minister and his cabinet, effectively dissolving the government.

Lawmakers said Saturday Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi failed to respect a power-sharing deal when he named a cabinet that was not equally divided between Somalia's ethnic groups.

They also said the prime minister violated the constitution by failing to seek a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

Somali President Abdullahi Yusef Ahmed will now have to appoint another prime minister. The president was himself elected by the parliament in October. He has promised to restore stability to Somalia, wracked by clan violence and lawlessness following the overthrow of the government 13 years ago.

Somalia's parliament has been meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, due to security concerns at home.

Some information provided by AP and AFP.