Sunday, 14 December 2008

Somalia's president sacks his PM

Mr Hussein says the president does not have the power to fire him

The Somali President, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, has sacked PM Nur Hassan Hussein and the interim government.
At a news conference in Baidoa, the president said Mr Hussein, who was sworn into office in November 2007, had failed to bring security to Somalia.
The move follows tension between the two in recent months over attempts to deal with the Islamist-led opposition.
However Mr Hussein told AFP news agency that the president alone did not have the power to remove him from office.
Somalia has not had a functioning national government since President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.
The current transitional government, faced with an insurgency, is dependent on international aid and Ethiopian military support to function.

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