Mogadishu, 17 Jan, 2015 (Qalin) – Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmaarke dissolved his sixty cabinet members that existed only five days after the the parliament shown its rejection to the members in the list.
PM Sharmaarke had an emergency
meeting with the president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the speaker of the
Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari, his deputies and other important figures and submitted a letter recalling the cabinet he announced a week ago and requested the leaders of the parliament to give him 14 days to announce another list. The parliament was expected to vote for the announced cabinet list this Saturday morning, but there was wide rejection from the members of the house which forced the PM to recall his cabinet and dissolve it.
According to sources in the PM’s office, Sharmaarke wrote in
his internal memo that he recalled the list after he recognized that the
parliament would reject the list because of some figures in the cabinet and decided to make review in consult with the president and the speaker of the parliament.
Lawmaker Bishar Ugas told VOA Somali service that he got a copy of the
PM’s letter of cabinet dissolving, in which the PM requested 14 days period
to propose another list of cabinet that can get approval from the parliament.
The Parliament opposes three of the president’s ally ministers, who
are in the cabinet but more powerful than their portfolios, and paved the way of sacking Premiers for two times.
MP Bishaar Ugas said, "We advised the Prime Minister not to
add the men who were behind the failure of the former governments to his list
and he didn't listen us, he added them, and we want show him that we have the power to reject him through vote”
This is the first time in the history of Somalia that a PM decided to dissolve his cabinet even before the parliament voted for it. The PM is expected to hold a Press conference
and explain why he decided to dissolve the cabinet list and what
changes he wants to make.