Somali Parliament Disrupted Second Time Over ‘No Confidence’ Vote
A Somali parliament session descended into chaos Saturday (November 15th) as lawmakers attempted to debate a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed for the second time.
Lawmakers supporting Ahmed attempted to derail the motion by destroying the legislature’s attendance register, waving placards announcing their support for Ahmed and singing the national anthem as other lawmakers attempted to discuss the motion.
Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari walked out of the session in protest, Somalia’s Garowe Online reported.
The legislature previously attempted to discuss the no-confidence motion against Ahmed on November 11th, with the dialogue similarly devolving into chaos.
Meanwhile, at least 14 ministers on Sunday signed a petition calling the prime minister to resign.
Sabahi (Washington, DC)
Mogadishu Car Bomb Kills Official, Bystander
A car bomb exploded on Mogadishu’s Maka al-Mukarama Road Sunday (November 16th), killing an immigration official and a civilian bystander, Somalia’s Garowe Online reported.
The driver of the car, an immigration official at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport identified as Mukhtar Dhere, was taken to Dar al-Shifa Specialist Hospital after the blast, where he was pronounced dead.
Police officer Ahmed Siyad said police believe the bomb was attached to the car, AFP reported.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a number of car bombings and targeted attacks in Mogadishu recently.
Sabahi (Washington, DC)
Efforts Underway to Resolve Disagreement Between Somalia Leadership
The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay met with Somalia President Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and Speaker of the Federal Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari on Saturday (November 16) in another effort to broker a solution to disagreement between President Hassan Sheik Mahmoud and Prime Minister Abdiwali.
Also present were the European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Alex Rondos, the EU Special Envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d’Urso and the Danish, Italian, Swedish and UK Ambassadors to Somalia. Ambassador Kay urged the Somali leaders to find a solution that would allow the Federal Government to implement the Vision 2016 plan for Somalia’s political transformation in a timely manner.
Their meetings came as the Federal Government and Somalia’s international partners prepare for the first Ministerial-level High Level Partnership Forum in Copenhagen on November 19-20, to review progress and chart the way ahead for the implementation of the New Deal Somali Compact. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday (November 15) to underline its “deep concern” regarding “the worsening political clashes between the country’s highest institutions”.
The statement said “a government crisis on the eve of important international events would have extremely serious consequences for the country’s stabilization process. It would undermine the results achieved thus far thanks to the support of the international community, and of Italy in particular.” It described the political crisis as “incomprehensible” and added that it “could be easily resolved if the different actors showed a sense of responsibility and restored the political debate to the sphere of normal political argument”.
Last week, the US State Department said it was concerned about “recent political turmoil” in Somalia and that plans for a no-confidence vote in Parliament did not serve the interests of the Somali people.