Somalia`s parliament ousts PM in no-confidence vote
Published: 11:50 AM, 26 July 2020 Updated: 11:29 PM, 26 July 2020
Somalia's parliament has ousted the country's Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in a no-confidence vote on Saturday while 170 out of the country's 178 parliament members expressed no confidence in him.
Mr. Khayre’s ouster was immediately endorsed by the president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who had appointed him as prime minister in February 2017.
However, the country's parliamentarians accused him of failing to pave the way for fully democratic elections.
The Somali government is planning to make its first fully democratic election since 1969.
“After learning that the government had failed in its promise to prepare a clear plan that paves the way for one-person-one-vote elections in 2021 ... parliament undertook a vote of no confidence against the government and its prime minister, Hassan Ali Khaire,” parliamentary speaker Mohamed Mursal told reporters.
“The president of the federal government of Somalia ... will appoint a prime minister and a government which will pave the way for elections,” he added.
Although there is a central government in Somalia, they control only a part of the country. Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group, has been gaining ground in the country in recent times.