Somali MPs to hold no confidence vote to oust PM

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Somali MPs are preparing a no-confidence motion to oust Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre and his government following repeated accusations of incompetence and corruption, Caasimada Online news website reported on Sunday.

Dozens of MPs have begun campaigning for efforts to move the no-confidence motion aimed at forcing Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to appoint a new premier.

Mohamud picked Barre, who was his secretary-general of his political party, a year ago to avoid political infighting and wrangling that featured his previous term. But his move angered a number of regional states and members of the country’s heavy-weight political stakeholders.

Last week, Somali MP Abdirahman Abdishakur, who is also Mohamud’s envoy for drought relief, accused Barre and his government of mismanaging funds earmarked for drought mitigation, adding that there has been no cooperation between government ministries.

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