Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government Parliament met Sunday for the first time in the renovated Somalia’s former Parliament complex.
When Parliamentary Speaker Sheikh Aden Madobe arrived in the parliament, members who oppose him shouted at him and refused to allow him to make his customary opening remarks for the new session.
After leaving the parliament, Mr Madoobe went to his home and held a press conference in which he announced that according to Somali Charter the term of the current government has ended. In an interview with VOA Madoobe said, “The time of the administration is over, and I asked the president to select new PM within 30 days.”
But the prime minister, who spoke to the media right after Madobe’s announcement, dismissed the speaker’s remarks. The PM said, “Both the president and I have tried for some time to convince the house speaker, Sheikh Aden Mohamed Nur ‘Madoobe’ to resign as his time has expired.”
After Madoobe left the parliament, a number of MPs convened a meeting and claimed that they elected a new speaker. According to the existing Somali Charter, the oldest member is always elected as speaker when situations like this arise.
In an interview he gave to VOA, the new speaker Hagi Shukri Sheikh Ahmed said, “I was elected by members of the parliament.” He said there were more than 300 members who fulfilled the required number to hold a session.
On the other hand, while the Somali MP’s were arguing in the Parliament complex the Islamist and AMISOM troops exchanged mortars, killing at least 16 people.