Somali President refuses PM’s reshuffle
Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has rejected a minor cabinet reshuffle made by Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed early on Saturday which targeted president Mohamud’s close ministers.
In a press release this evening, President Mohamud said that he surprised and really “unfortunate” that his Prime Minister has made the unexpected reshuffle without his consultation. He said “the so-called cabinet reshuffle made today by the Prime Minister is null and void and will not impact the work of the ministers”.
President Mohamud blamed his Prime Minister not consulting him and that he sacked ministers, appointed others without compliance to the country’s constitution. The President press statement came hours after Prime Minister Ahmed reshuffled some of the cabinet ministers ad deputy ministers by targeting the key allies of the president changing from their positions.
The long-awaited cabinet reshuffle on Saturday changed from various ministers within the cabinet from their portfolios.
The Prime Minister announced the reshuffle in a decree signed by the Prime Minister early on Saturday.
1) Farah Sheikh Abduqadir, a key all of president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was removed from his position as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. He was appointed to the Ministry of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.
2) The Minister of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Salim Aliyow Ibrow will take the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry.
The ministry is seen as focal point for the work of the government as the country now intends to reform the justice sector and and review the new Provisional Constitution which awaits for national referendum before 2016 elections are held.
3) Mahad Mohamed Salad, who is also an important figure of president Mohamud’s PDP party was removed from his position as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Mr Salad is now appointed as the new Deputy Minister of Planning.
3) Abdirahman Abdi Mohamed is appointed to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
4) Former State Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance were also transferred from their positions.