Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on Monday refused to step down despite 14 of cabinet members called him to quit, as the dispute between him and the President grows.
The ministers, who are the President Hassan Mohamoud’s allies, wrote to the Prime Minister on Sunday asking him to leave office.
‘’ The solution is easy; we should obey the constitution and follow what has been stated in it,’’ he said.
Mr Abdiweli called for the ministers to be neutral on the on-going internal crisis.
The disagreement between the President and prime minister had been an open secret among Somalia’s political circles and media since last month after the Prime minister reshuffled his cabinet and sacked a close president ally.
Without a stable government in place, fears are growing that the country could fall into a prolonged political crisis and could become a serious impediment to government’s progress towards free and fair elections in 2016.
Political analysts say that the efforts by the Damul-jadiid (new-blood) party, a splinter group from the islamist movement of al-Islah, to collapse the government only demonstrates their own fear and determination to block the current government’s ability to conduct its business and advance the aspirations of all of the Somali people.