Somali parliament files motion against president

Somali parliament members file motion to dismiss president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud over abuse of authority

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Somali lawmakers have filed a motion to parliament in an attempt to remove President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud from the office, blaming him of abuse of power and corruption, one of the authors of the motion said.

"We want to present a motion against the Somali president for betraying the nation, corruption and many other reasons," Mohamed Abdullahi Fadhaye told Reuters, without elaborating.

Ninety three lawmakers had filed the motion last week, parliamentary speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari confirmed late on Friday.

Mohamud has stated that he is committed to hold next year’s elections on time before his term ends in August 2016.

At least 90 lawmakers have to sign a motion for it to be open for debate within the parliament, according to Somalia's constitution. to dismiss the president, two thirds of the 275 members of the parliament would need to vote in favour of the motion.

Mohamud was aware of the motion put forth and that the government will respect the parliament’s final decision, the president's office said in a statement late on Friday.

The president’s spokesman did not immediately reply to requests for comments regarding the corruption accusations.

Potential donors to the country have repeatedly complained that Mohamud's cash-strapped government is not doing enough to fight "graft" and added that the overwhelming theft of scarce government resources have frustrated future efforts to build the nation into a functioning state.

A corruption scandal in 2013 involving the restoration of overseas Somali state properties, that were frozen at the start of the country’s civil war in 1991, has further strained his relationship with the nation’s donors. Mohamud and those close to him have repeatedly renounced any wrongdoing.

A coalition of political parties, known as the Forum for Unity and Democracy, supported the motion put forth by Somalia’s lawmakers. .

"The President ... has behaved unconstitutionally, undermined the integrity and independence of our national institutions," the coalition said in a statement.

With elections nearing, Mohamud argued on Friday that the lawmakers had more serious and important problems at hand that needed to be discussed and solved.

"The limited time we have, does not allow us to engage in disputes and unnecessary issues against the interest of our nation," Mohamud said in his statement.

Somalia has been battling Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgency, which wants to topple the government, Somali has been able to drive the insurgency out of major strongholds with the help of African forces but it still continues to launch attacks against officials and civilians.


TRTWorld and agencies