Somalia’s prime minister Hassan Ali Khayre voted out by parliament

Somalia’s parliament on Saturday removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in an unexpected vote of no-confidence.

Khayre, a dual Norwegian citizen and former Soma Oil Company executive, had been prime minister of the eastern African country since March 2017.

The speaker of the parliament Mohamed Mursal Abdurahman accused the government of Prime Minister Khayre of “ineffectiveness.”  
“One hundred and seventy lawmakers favored the motion against the prime minister, and only 8 lawmakers opposed,” the speaker of parliament said at a press briefing on Saturday. “Therefore, the motion has passed, and we urge Somalia’s president to appoint a new prime minister.”
“The government has failed to fulfill its national promises, including holding one man – one vote elections, and establishing a national security force capable of tightening the security,” the speaker said.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said he accepted the decision by parliament to remove Khayre and that he will nominate a new prime minister.
“Any rift between the parliament, which is the base of our government, and the cabinet of ministers will weaken the progress made so far; therefore, to save that progress, I have decided to respect and accept the decision of the parliament,” the president said in a statement published on state radio’s website.

The president and prime minister had been at loggerhead ahead of an upcoming election.

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