Somalia: Amid Int’l concern President insists leadership will settle dispute amicably


MOGADISHU, Somalia Nov 3, 2014 (Garowe Online)-Amid growing international concerns, Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appealed to the world to respect sovereignty and national rights on Monday, Garowe Online reports.

Reacting to statements by the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia Nicholas Kay, EU envoy Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso and EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa Aleander Rondos, Mohamud noted the world must let Somalia political leadership settle their differences through constitutional means.

“Taking a serious note on the concern of the international community, by now the best way in which Somalia political leaders and national institutions can be supported is respect and to let them resolve their disputes via legal means,” Mohamud said in a press statement from his office.

Somalia President who has locked horns with the second prime minister, once again reiterated that his administration remained committed to vision 2016 ,and urges that  Somalia sovereignty be respected in line with the Provisional Federal Constitution.

UN envoy, Kay overnight on Sunday expressed concern over the often fickle 275-seat-chamber of Federal parliament, warning of parliamentary no confidence vote: “I am concerned about allegations of some MPs being asked to exchange votes for cash in the context of a potential ‘No Confidence’ motion, which is a disservice to Somalia's progress towards accountability and transparency”.

Meanwhile, EU’s d’Urso and Rondos while pledging support, called on President Mohamud and Prime Minister Mohamed to desist from all actions that would derail the fragile state and peace building efforts.

Political infighting has emerged after the Prime Minister removed President Hassan’s right hand man and presidential aide Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir from key post.

Mohamed’s predecessor Abdi Farah Shirdon was voted out of office in parliamentary no-confidence vote in December 2013.


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