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Somali Prime Minister Accuses Speaker of Parliament as Responsible for Bickering


The Prime Minister of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, on Tuesday accused the speaker of the parliament, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adam, of being behind the protracted political dispute within the government.

Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, the Premier of Somalia, made the comments in an interview with the VOA Somnali service on Tuesday.

“He (the speaker) is not sincere on the general interest of the country because he is pursuing only his personal interests. The dispute between him and the government over the election issues and transitional period seems to have been resolved in the Kampala meeting,” Mohamed said. He added that, “Still, he (the speaker) seems to be on bargaining position. He says he wants power sharing by asking some of his allies, mainly the minister of former government to be included into the government,” the prime minister said.

“My government has on several occasions attempted to have direct discussions with the speaker to end the internal rift, but all ended in vain,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said that due to the continuation of the political strife in the TFG, his cabinet has decided to postpone the country’s consultative conference scheduled for the end of this month.

The statement of the premier comes as the United Nations special representative to Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, and the Presdient of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, are trying to mediate the conflict between the president and the speaker in Kampala after the conclusion of the meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia late last week

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