9 January 2014

Somalia: President and PM Disagree On New Cabinet List

Disagreement between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his new Prime ministers Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on the new proposed cabinet list is reported to be taking a new angle.

According to a reliable source within the presidential palace who exclusively spoke to Radio Dalsan on a condition of anonymity for security purposes confirm that the two principals are at loggerheads on the inclusion of some individuals who are close to both sides into the cabinet list

President Mohamud is said to be favoring Farah Abdikadir his long term close ally and minister for state affairs to be appointed as minister for justice and constitutional affairs.

While the prime minister is declined to the idea and wants the president to keep off the selection process and avoid any unconstitutional interference.

On the other hand the prime minister is said to be blaming the president in interfering in his own tribe (Darod) shares in the cabinet by pushing the pm to bring on board Abdirahman Hosh Jibril into the cabinet list.

According political analyst if the two principals will not solve their issues according to the constitution of the country it may led to further political instability in the democratic transitional state.

AllAfrica Editors' note: The Federal Government of Somalia has strongly contested the accuracy of this report. Read their reply here >>

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