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.

som-pm-sackThe move follows tension between the two in recent months over attempts to deal with the Islamist-led opposition. However Mr Hussein told the BBC 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. Speaking in Baidoa, the seat of the interim parliament, President Yusuf said: “As of now, I have sacked the prime minister and his current government and I will nominate a new prime minister within days.”

“The government of Nur Hassan Hussein was unable to perform its duties and I am obliged to save the country,” he said. The president said he was confident that parliament would approve his decision.



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