Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon ousted in confidence vote


Somalia’s parliament has ended a nearly month long dispute between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon. The two men are reported to have clashed over an interpretation of the current provisional constitution. Some sources say the clash was over the formation of a new 23 person Cabinet presented to the president by the prime minister.

On Saturday a motion of no confidence was filed against the prime minister in parliament and on Monday the motion was won with 184 parliamentarians in favour of the motion and 65 against. The prime minister had been in place since October 2012 and is the ninth prime minister since the formation of the Transitional Federal Government in 2007.

The President now has 30 days in which to appoint a new prime minister in accordance with the provisional constitution; the current prime minister and government will remain in place until that happens.

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