Somalis have reportedly welcomed the
resignation of President Abdullahi Yusuf of the transitional federal government
after he was accused of being the stumbling block to the peace process. Some
Somalis have also reportedly accused the former President of being the biggest
warlord in the government, which they said has energized the support base of
the Islamist fundamentalist group Al-Shabab.
The international community reportedly pressured former president Yusuf
to resign after he unilaterally sacked Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, which
nearly led to the collapse of the transitional federal government. Ibrahim Nur
is a Somali parliamentarian and a member of the transitional government. He tells
reporter Peer Clottey there was no need for the Somali parliament to rush in
choosing the successor to president Yusuf.
the president resigned, automatically the speaker of parliament takes over as a
temporary president until we elect a new president. In our constitution, states
that in 30 days and within those 30 days, we have to elect a new president. But
this comes at a time when we are already in the process of the Djibouti Peace
Agreement and if that process is finished within that month then maybe we would
go to Djibouti and elect with the reconciliation a new president, from the
Somali opposition and the Somali government," Nur noted.
said there was no need to rush into electing a new president.
know, we don't just want to hurry automatically, but we want to see if the
opposition would all come together because we need all the opposition to be
part of the Djibouti process. Until we reach that stage, we want our speaker to
be the temporary president and we want to really go into real reconciliation so
that the speaker would continue to be the temporal president as we continue to
resolve problems in the country," he said.
said Somalis want all hands on deck to resolve the country's problems.
are saying that anyone who has Somalia at heart and any opposition is welcome
to join us in finding solutions to this country's needs," Nur pointed out.
said Somalia would have to go through the process in order to get back on its
feet after a long time without a functioning government.
know for Somalia it has been 18 long years of civil war. It is not
automatically going to be resolved with only one conference. We need to
gradually and step by step move forward as a position and we want all the opposition
on board the Djibouti process. And the TFG (Transitional Federal Government) we
want to say welcome to anyone who wants to be part of the Djibouti process and
we want to say welcome," he said.
political analysts say Abdullahi Yusuf's resignation, after reportedly coming under
deepening international pressure, could usher in a period of more chaos as
Islamic militants scramble for control of the country while the transitional
federal government controls only pockets of the capital, Mogadishu, and the
seat of parliament in Baidoa.
Meanwhile, Washington supported
Yusuf's resignation and praised his efforts to bring peace and stability to
Somalia. A statement by acting deputy spokesman Gordon Duguid urged officials
in Somalia to intensify efforts to achieve a government of national unity and to enhance security through
formation of a joint security force.