Somalia: Constitutional Affairs Minister Apologizes Federal Parliament over Twitter Post

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    Somalia: Constitutional Affairs Minister Apologizes Federal Parliament over Twitter Post

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali Constitutional Affairs Minister has on Saturday apologized Members of the Parliament following comments he made last month which sparked lawmakers outrage after he condemned a parliamentary decision tha

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Constitutional Affairs Minister Abdirahman Hosh Jibril. | File photo.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali Constitutional Affairs Minister has on Saturday apologized Members of the Parliament following comments he made last month which sparked lawmakers outrage after he condemned a parliamentary decision that blocked Supreme Court move to nullify eight disputed seats of the parliament.
The Minister, Abdirahman Hosh Jibril spoke at a parliamentary session on Saturday which followed a motion to review his position tabled by Members of the Lower House.  A session to hold a vote of no confidence against the minister failed to hold due to quorum hitch on Wednesday as sources told Somali Update Online that MPs who supposed to attend Wednesday's sitting were influence by the Offices of the Prime Minister and the President who lobbied to ease the tension between the lawmakers and the minister.
"I am very sad and wish to apologize for the outrage caused by the comments I wrote on my twitter account," The Somali-Canadian former lawyer and Member of Somali Federal Parliament said.
Earlier, the Supreme Court and the Solicitor General endorsed a rerun election to be held for the eight disputed seats which the court said was elected in an irregular and corrupt process.
In a twitter post on July 22, Minister Hosh publicly hit the People’s House by insisting that Parliament cannot overturn the verdict of the highest court of the land.
"If I would knew that my comments would cause such level of irritation, I would not have written." he told the parliamentary session.
The embattled minister also acknowledged the mandate of the Lower House as the country's legislation body and emphasized the importance of the separation of power within government institutions.
"I recognize the duty of the parliament as the highest legislator body. I am ready to cooperate with you [the lawmakers], should you question my work as a minister." he added as the house welcomed his speech with applause.
At the end of the minister's apology, the chair of the parliament asked Members of the House to accept the minister's apology and quash the motion against him.
"We here announce that the House agreed your apology. The parliament assures that you can continue your position as Constitutional Affairs Minister." the Speaker of the Parliament.



- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -
 


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