MOGADISHU, Somalia Aug 16 2012 (Garowe Online) –
Transitional Federal Government (TFG) President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed rejected a
decree by Prime Minister Gaas to stop President Sharif from proclaiming new
districts in southern Somalia, Garowe Online reports.
Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas’ office released a
decree on Wednesday that stated that towns announced as districts by President
Sharif earlier this month, were not valid as the president did not follow the protocol.
Cabinet Ministers met on Monday to discuss promotions and
the naming of new districts by President Sharif who earlier this month named 5
new districts in southern Somalia. According to the decree, the letter was
drafted after the cabinet meeting.
Prime Minister Gaas justified his decree by referring to the
1960 statutes and the Somalia constitution.
However President Sharif who arrived in Mogadishu on
Wednesday said that the decree would not have any impact because according to
President Sharif the Cabinet Ministers are not mandated for approval of
“Cabinet Ministers are not authorized to approve and they
have never been authorized,” replied President Sharif speaking to press in
President Sharif who is campaigning to be reelected later
this month said that the office of the prime minister and their decisions have
no impact if the prime minister is running for office.
“If the cabinet’s Prime Minister is running for office then
the administration’s decisions have no clout,” said President Sharif.
Both President Sharif and Prime Minister Gaas are running for President in the upcoming elections;
however the elections have seen delays as selection of members of parliament
still haven’t been completed.
President Sharif who was asked about the August 20 deadline for
the Presidential elections and the recurrent delays said that the date could be
“The August 20 deadline is not set in stone there have been
delays; however the process is still continuing,” said President Sharif.
Although the TFG is backed by the UN it has not officially been recognized as
a government by the international community, the new federal government would be the first
recognized government in over 20 years.