Well…The PM Resigns

President Sharif Ahmed (left), PM Omar Abdirashid A. Sharmarke

PM: Oh God! how much longer can I bear this? I can’t bear sitting next to this…!

President: Thank God! Only a few minutes and he’ll be off! Hmm…God the food tastes good – only if I could hire these chefs on my trips…Perhaps I could accommodate them somehow. Of course I can! I am the president…

PM: Greedy bast’rd! he even finished his plate before everyone and now he is eyeing the bananas. Ok – put way this plate – I am the bigger man here. At least the world sees me that way since I officially decided to resign for the good of my country and people. I will be a hero! A hero! Of course they don’t know anything about my settlement Duh!

President: Good riddance! now you can talk all you want about a cabinet reshuffle in Puntland! or even join your boys in Galgala – I know you are all the same.

PM: Dammit! I think I should have settled for more than I did, but, oh well! this should keep me going smoothyl for a while…

Sharif Hassan (left), President Sharif Ahmed

Sharif Hassan: Feel a lot better now don’t you Mr President?

President: Aah! Indeed,indeed Mr Hassan. It feels good to breathe freely once again. I was getting slighty hot under this collar…

Sharif Hassan: It is us once again Sir! The road is now clear and no more such burdensome obstacles I can assure you

President: well, hope you have our next ploy planned out then…

Sharif Hassan: Very well Sir! Very well indeed…you need not worry about anything Sir!


Duplicity and Disenchantment: The Collapse of the TFG

 

Somali President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed

‘It is the President who is causing all this trouble surrounding the government and if this government collapses, it is he who is responsible!’

Mohamed Weheliye Waqaac, MP

For the last few weeks, and the last few days in particular, Mogadishu has been in mired in disarray. The curtains of confusion have been raised and the residents here were entertained to a remarkable show: a political tug of war between the Somali President and his Prime Minister! In a bitter dispute that is threatening to break up the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the Somali President, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, called on lawmakers to pass a ‘vote of no-confidence’ regarding the Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, in order to bring about a ‘change’ that would propel the government in the ‘right direction.’ In turn the Prime Minister, who is vehemently opposed to the President, denounced the attempts by the president as ‘nonsensical,’ stating that there was no need for changing the existing structures of the government. Indeed, the banality of the political landscape in Mogadishu has received its much-awaited makeover with a squabble at the highest level.

Amid the upheaval, the members of the parliament, with a 296 out of 300 majority, passed a motion last Thursday calling on the government to appear before the Parliament for a vote of confidence on Saturday in order to stay functioning. The Prime Minister, who decried the decision of the parliament, must win up to 276 votes of confidence in order to retain his position, otherwise he leaves empty handed. In this whirligig of Somali politics, however, it appears that the session was cancelled today due to reasons not revealed to the media and when a group of angry MPs decided to stage their own parliamentary session, AMISOM forces have managed to disperse them by force.

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A Parody of a Parliament


Golaha Shacabka

Another meeting delayed, another MP resigns, another punch-up on the way. Amid the never-ending saga that has crippled the Somali parliament, the long-awaited meeting of the MPs scheduled for Sunday 18 has now also been cancelled. The parliament was expected to convene today for the first time since December last year, but it failed. Not surprisingly also, Cismaan Cilmi Boqorre, the second deputy speaker of the Parliament, has officially declared his resignation today. Criticizing the government of ineffectiveness and detailing some of the reasons that led to his resignation, Mr Boqorre said:

Though there was some dispute between me and the Parliament Speaker, the main reason of my resignation is the ineffectiveness of the parliament and its lack of action when needed…and after looking into all this I’ve decided to resign.

Mr Boqorre’s decision comes at a time when the parliament has been facing a severe power struggle from within. Divided into two camps, the parliamentarians have been at loggerheads ever since their call to duty.

On one hand, the Pro-Sharif division of the parliament has been calling for the speaker of the Parliament, Sheikh Adan Madoobe, to step down and allow the election of a new speaker. A call vociferously repudiated by the speaker who recently returned from a meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, to discuss security and bilateral relations. Also, the president and the Prime Minister both want to oust the Parliament speaker in favour of the President’s right hand man – Sharif Hassan. Read more of this post

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