11 December 2018

Somalia: Farmaajo Impeachment Motion Flops, Parliament SG Says

A filed impeachment motion seeking to fire Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has failed to garner enough numberr to see the light of the day.

The Secretary General of Somalia Parliament Abdikarim Haji Abdi Buuh issued a statement saying that 14 out of 92 Mps whose signatures appear on the motion deny having signed.

On Sunday Speaker Mohamed Mursal accepted to file the impeachment motion from the Mps who met him at the Villa Hargeisa.

The country was thrown into a political crisis with Parliament divided between supporters of the motion and those backing President Farmaajo.

First and Second Deputy Speakers of the Somalia Upper House have termed the filed impeachment motion against President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo as "unconstitutional".

The proponents of the motion want President Farmaajo fired for "violating" the constitution by sigining "secret agreements" with Ethiopia and Eritrea, extraditing ONLF Commander Abdirahman Muse Qalbi Dhagah, interfering in regional politics and unprocedural military appointments.

Article 92 of the provisional constitution made it an uphill task for the proponents of the motion to sail through.

The article says "the constitutional court shall preside over any motion dismissing the president to see whether it has legal grounds. Then, the president may be dismissed by 2/3 majority of the total members of the two Houses".


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