Somali MPs vote out prime minister

Members of parliament vote against Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who had fallen out with the president.

    Somali MPs vote out prime minister
    Ahmed has for months been at loggerheads with Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (left) [EPA]

    Somalia's prime minister has lost his job after members of the parliament voted on a no-confidence motion against him, Al Jazeera has learned.

    The parliament voted on Saturday to oust Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who had a falling out with the President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

    Ahmed received support from only 80 lawmakers, while 153 backed a motion to oust him.

    Ahmed's government has been struggling to provide security in the country, amid periodic attacks launched by the armed group al-Shabab.

    Ahmed has for months been at loggerheads with Mohamud, prompting international backers to warn that  the infighting was putting at risk the fragile gains made in the war-scarred nation.

    Mohamud has 30 days to appoint a new prime minister.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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