The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould Â Abdalla supported the Somali presidentâ€™s Â decision toÂ dissolve the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia Â led by Omar Abidrashid Ali Sharmarke. Â In a statement Ahmedou Ould Abdalla said: â€œThe President, in the face of a long and unnecessary crisis diverting resources, energy and attention, has taken an appropriate and courageous initiative to resolve the predicament. I would like to take the opportunity to encourage him in his show of leadership and invite all members of the Somali Parliament and former Cabinet to support him. This is an opportunity to appoint a more effective.â€
The Somali prime minister, Omar Abidrashid Ali Sharmarke held a press conference in Mogadishu today and challenged president Sharifâ€™s decision to dissolve the government. â€œThe Transitional Charter states that a government will be dissolved if it loses the parliamentâ€™s vote of confidence.â€
Article 44, point 2 of the transitional federal charter states: â€œMadaxweynuhu wuxuu magacaabayaa xilkana ka qaadayaa Wasiirka Koowaad ama kala diraa xukuumadda haddii ay waydo codka kalsoonidda Golaha Shacabkaâ€ (The president can appoint the prime minister Â or dissolve the government if it loses the parliamentâ€™s vote of confidence.â€ Obviously, Â Â president Sharif has violatedÂ article 44 of Â Somaliaâ€™s Transitional Charter. Article 43, point 2 of the charter states: â€œ Madaxweynaha waxaa la eedeyn karaa haddii uu ku xad-gudbo Axdiga iyado eedeytaas loo gudbinayo Golaha Shacbiga.â€ â€œThe president can be indicted if he/she violates the charter. The matter should be referred to the parliament.â€
If the transitional parliament convenes and the prime minister officially accuses the president of violating the transitional charter, discussion on the presidentâ€™s intervention should come before allowing the prime minister to ask the parliament for a vote of confidence.
Ould Abdalla has undermined the charter by rushing to judgment in support of the TFG president. Â Yesterday, Sheikh Yusuf Indha-cadde , onetime Â warlord who joined the TFG after he split with his former boss, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, Â leader of Hizbul Islam, told the media, that the transitional federal government had supplied insurgents Â with weapons. Indha-caddeÂ is/was the TFG Minister of State for Defense.
The TFG saw a similar power struggle Â in 2008. Â The former TFG president, Â Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Â sacked his prime minister Nur Hassan Hussein. â€œWe have a charter. Â The president can appoint a prime minister but he cannot sack a prime minister,â€ Nur Adde told the BBC Somali Service. The intentional community supported the former prime minister and persuaded the former TFG president to resign.
On this dawn of renewed tensions within in the TFG, many Somalis are asking themselves, what is the role of the UN representative in all this? Some believe that Mr.Abdalla undermined the transitional federal charter of Somalia by meddling in the TFG institutions. Should some one rein him in? can Mr.Ahmedou Oulad Abdalla act as an impartial UN Special Representative for Somalia?