Somalia MPs want President to resign or will be ‘impeached’

Published: May 5, 2014
Somalia MPs want President to resign or will be ‘impeached’
Somali members of Parliament

Over 100 members of the Somali Federal Parliament have called for the President to consider resignation or will be impeached.

The Parliamentarians, who met on Monday in Mogadishu, accused the Presidentof power abuse, misconduct and for doing acts which are prejudicial and inimical to the security and development of Somalia.

Allegations of rampant corruption, political nepotism and incompetence have surrounded President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s administration.

‘’ Your Excellency, we would like you to gravely consider resigning from the office due to your incompetency, otherwise we will impeach you following the constitution,’’ said one of the MPs.

Impeaching the President would require the submission of a notice signed by not less than one third of the Parliament eligible to vote to the speaker of Parliament for the process to get underway.

But obtaining the minimum number of 125 signatures will be a massive boost for the MPs.

The MPs also accused the President to fail address the country’s growing insecurity, especially in the capital where the militant group al-Shabab has been carrying out frequent attacks.

The al-Qaeda-linked group has carried out deadly attacks including major assaults at the Presidential Palace, UNDP compound and Mogadishu court.

‘’ We are very suspicious on the criteria he (President) uses to select his Security officials… No credible investigation was carried out after those attacks,’’ said MP Abdulkadir Osoble.

Last week, two members of the Parliament were assassinated in the capital. Al-Shabab claimed the responsibility.

He added that on the current situation of the country, it will be ‘’impossible’’ for  free and fair elections to be hold in 2016.

They also criticised the way President Mohamoud reacted to the Kenya crackdown on Somali refugees in Eastleigh and detention of the top Somali diplomat.

Somali President, who is currently out of the country said months ago that he was ready to resign if his government ”fails”.

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