Monday December 27, 2021
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has adjourned the powers of Prime
Minister Roble over accusations of corruption. The surprise
announcement came as the two leaders clashed over delays in ongoing
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
"suspended" the powers of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, a
statement released by the president's office said on Sunday.It
added that other members of the Council of Ministers would continue
their duties in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country.
suspension of Roble's powers comes after he and Mohamed entered into a
war of words on Sunday, accusing each other of holding up the country's
ongoing parliamentary elections.
What we know so far
Mohamed said the prime minister's powers will remain suspended pending a
probe over allegations of corruption and misconduct.
"entered the fray with allegations of corruption and misappropriation of
public funds, and an investigation is underway to determine the
allegations, the work and powers of the Prime Minister have been
suspended pending an investigation," the president's statement read.
What is happening with the elections?Earlier on Sunday, the president's office said that
Roble "is posing a serious threat to the electoral process and
overstepping his mandate."
elections, which began on November 1, were slated to be over by
December 24. However, a newly elected parliamentarian said that only 24
of 275 lawmakers had been elected by Saturday, Reuters news agency
The prime minister's office hit back
saying President Mohamed had spent "so much time, energy and finances
in frustrating the national elections" and was "derailing the electoral
In April this year,clashes broke out between factions
of the security forces allied to Mohamed and Roble, as the prime
minister and opposition decried a move to extend the president's four
year term to two more years.
The groups seized areas of capital Mogadishu, forcing almost 60,000 to 100,000 people to flee their homes.
The showdown was resolved when Mohamed put the prime minister in charge of security and of organizing the delayed elections.
US calls for 'credible, rapid' conclusion
The United States on Sunday asked for a "credible and rapid conclusion" to the polls in Somalia.
United States is deeply concerned by the continuing delays and by the
procedural irregularities that have undermined the credibility of the
process", the US State Department said.
The US also put its
weight behind the call for an in-person National Consultative Council
this week to step up the election process.
The prime minister
added in his Sunday statement that he would conduct a meeting on Monday
to find solutions to speed up the election.
office also said that he would hold a meeting, separately, on the
elections and "agreeing on a capable leadership to spearhead timely, and