Somali Federal Parliament to Open Second Session Amid Motion Against Cabinet

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Saturday July 08, 2017 - 10:31:16 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somali Federal Parliament to Open Second Session Amid Motion Against Cabinet

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia's Tenth Federal Parliament will on Saturday open its second session after the end of the first Eid and Ramadan leave as dozens of lawmakers are preparing a motion of no confidence against Prime Mi

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Members of Somali Tenth Parliament. | File photo.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia's Tenth Federal Parliament will on Saturday open its second session after the end of the first Eid and Ramadan leave as dozens of lawmakers are preparing a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and his cabinet, Somali Update reports.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is expected to officially and constitutionally open the second session of the People's House where he will give his State of the Nation Address.
According to lawmakers and the Parliament Procedures Office, the opening ceremony will take place at General Kahiye Police Academy to allow more guests including leaders of the Federal Member States and foreign diplomats to attend the event.
Security has been tight as some roads were blocked early on Saturday with additional security unit drawn from various police, intelligence and military were deployed into city centre and major avenues, according to Somali Update reporter.
Traditionally, the opening session will mark speeches from Parliament leaders, guests, local leaders and the President's address.
But what many Somalis are eagerly looking is the new motion expected to be tabled by a group of MPs who were busy in the past two months lobbying for the motion that seeks Prime Minister Khaire and his four-months-old cabinet removed due to allegations of poor performance and breach of power sharing formula.
SAUDI ROLE IN THE MOTION
There are also emerging details of the source of the motion which allegedly financed by Saudi allies to avenge for President Farmajo's administration in rejecting calls for severing ties with Qatar following the current diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.
A senior diplomat sent to Mogadishu by Saudi ruler early June failed to persuade President Farmajo to accept $8 million reward if Somalia followed suit of Saudi allies and cut Qatari ties. Doha reacted by thanking Somalia's position.
Former Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid, a close ally to United Arab Emirates who is said to have played role in the motion has suggested the Federal Government to reverse its previous position on Qatar.
"It was not wise that Somali Government rejected to support our allies. We should cut Qatari ties as our friends did." The former Prime Minister said.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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