Somali president suspends prime minister’s executive powers

By Abdi Sheikh and Duncan Miriri , 20 September
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, left, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble Yasuyoshi (photo credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA, Abdirahman Yusuf AFP/File)
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, left, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble Yasuyoshi (photo credit: Yasuyoshi CHIBA, Abdirahman Yusuf AFP/File)
Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has suspended the prime minister's power to hire and fire officials, he said in a statement on [16 September], escalating a destabilising row in the Horn of Africa nation. The dispute between Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble, nominally over a murder investigation, has generated months of tension in a country riven by militant attacks and clan rivalries. "The prime minister violated the constitution," the president said in the statement, saying the suspension would last until the conclusion of elections later this year. Roble said he would not abide by the president's order and accused him of twisting the constitutional provisions he cited to justify his interference with the powers of the prime minister's office. "The prime minister reminds the president to preserve the principles of the constitution of the separation of powers of the government's institutions," he said in a statement issued by his office.
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