2 December 2013

Somalia: Somali PM Loses in Parliament's Vote of Confidence After Impeachment Motion

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Abdi Farah Shirdon, Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia during the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council.

Members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia have voted against the country's Prime Minister and his cabinet after tough impeachment motion tabled last week.

In a parliamentary vote followed by three days of hot debate on the impeachment motion, the lawmakers rejected the vote of confidence against the Prime Minister and the cabinet of the ministers.

184 MPs out 249 lawmakers voted against the cabinet and the Prime Minister while only 65 MPs voted in favor of the Prime Minister. There was no lawmaker abstained.

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari announced the result after the open voting ended. Speaker Jawari said the ousted cabinet will serve until President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appoints new Prime Minister which will happen within 30 days, according to the constitution.

Security in the Parliament hall was extremely tightened as new police forces were deployed inside and outside the Parliament hall, as the main roads in many key parts of the town were blocked due to fear of insecurity amid three days of tough parliament debate.

Meanwhile earlier today, the Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has rebuffed the impeachment mentioned in the motion against his cabinet but said that he was to adhere any parliament decision even if it is against him.

Shirdon said the motion was a plot prepared by members of his cabinet who were intending to undermine his achievements.

The ousted Prime Minister Abdi Shirdon has served as the first non-transition Premier of the Federal Government of Somalia since November last year following the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

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