Speaker of Parliament declares PM’s appointment nullified

Mogadishu (HOL) – Somalia’s Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman accused Prime Minister Roble of thwarting government oversight by unilaterally firing the former Internal Security Minister Hassan Hundubey Jimale and replaced him with a  vocal Farmaajo detractor.

Prime Minister Mohamed Roble officiated the swearing-in ceremony of the new Security Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Nur on Thursday afternoon, despite protests from the sacked ex-Minister, Hassaan Hundubey, and President Farmajo.

The PM’s move would effectively consolidate power within Somalia’s security apparatus, as the Internal Security Ministry is the parent agency for all security, intelligence agencies and police.

Despite officially without a constitutional mandate, the speaker emphasized that there is no vacancy in government in the country and that the 10th parliament will continue to function until its replacement is elected.

Mursal is a close ally of President Farmajo and was instrumental in organizing the Lower House vote to extend Farmajo’s term for two years which brought the country to the brink of war.