Somalia: Parliament Gathering Against Transfer of Qalbi Dhagah Postponed Due to Lack of Quorum

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Saturday September 09, 2017 - 11:56:53 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Parliament Gathering Against Transfer of Qalbi Dhagah Postponed Due to Lack of Quorum

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — An important gathering by Somali National Assembly was postponed on Saturday due to lack of quorum, Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has said.

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Speaker of Somali National Assembly Mohamed Osman Jawari. | File photo.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — An important gathering by Somali National Assembly was postponed on Saturday due to lack of quorum, Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has said.
The meeting, which is the first one since the lawmakers returned from a short break of Haj, was due to focus a key agenda about the transfer of Somali citizen Abdikarim Sheikh Muse (popular known as Qalbi dhagah) to Ethiopia end of last month. The case has brought public outrage and now ensued a parliamentary debate against the cabinet of the ministers.
"We were scheduled to start the parliamentary session, in which we would have discussed several key agendas, but unfortunately we have not got enough quorum to open the session." Speaker Jawari who was very angry told the lawmakers who were present.
The Speaker alleged that there were many MPs enough to kick off the parliamentary session who opted not to sign the attendance book.
"We have only 104 MPs signed the attendance book. We can not kick off the meeting. We have to postpone." Speaker Jawari added.
He sent a warning to the lawmakers, who are also members of the cabinet of the ministers blaming that they were hindering the function of the house.
"We shall give them a written warning this time according to Article 35th of parliamentary bylaw." he said.
On Wednesday, the cabinet issued a statement justifying the transfer of Qalbi dhagah as legal and put his group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) into the terrorist list.
MPs opposed the cabinet statement and vowed to table a motion against the cabinet to hold the government accountable over breaching the laws of the land.
Government intervention
Three MPs who have spoke with Somali Update Online reporter said there was ugly government intervention towards the disruption of the parliament meeting.
"The Prime Minister ordered members of his cabinet who are also lawmakers not to attend today's parliament meeting." MP Ahmed Mohamud said "This is a plot to oppose the heated views of the parliament against the transfer of Qalbi dhagah who is Somali citizen illegally handed to Ethiopia."
The MPs vowed to resume their gathering this week ad hold their job independently.
"We shall never rest until we bring this government to parliament. We shall hold them accountable as they have violated the national constitution [in the transfer of Qalbi dhagah." lawmaker Abdullahi Mohamed said.
Meanwhile, several key roads were on Saturday morning blocked and members of the security forces deployed hours before the MPs begun to gather at the house of the National Assembly.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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