Last week, during the opening of 45th session of Somalia’s Puntland regional parliament, a member criticised and asked the region’s president, Abdullahi Deni, what observers called ‘hard questions’ and called for his resignation.
And this week, Puntland’s deputy attorney-general Mohamed Farah wrote a letter to the parliament Speaker requesting him to strip MP Awil Hassan of his parliamentary immunity to face criminal charges for posing a question and using ‘abusive language’ against the regional leader.
“The office of the Attorney General requests the leadership of the House to lift the immunity of MP Awil Hassan so that the state can bring charges against him,” part of the letter, seen by The Frontier, read.
Mr. Awil has accused President Deni of being incompetent and failing to perform his duties as president. He also said the regional president failed to fulfill his presidential campaign promises and insinuated a bad working relationship between Deni and his deputy Ahmed Elmi Karash , which he said derailed service delivery, urging both to resign if they cannot work together.
President Deni defended himself and his track record, saying his government regularly paid civil servants and the military, before walking out in anger.
Puntland MPs enjoy protection from prosecution for utterances made in the floor of the House. The move by Puntland state government is repressive, intolerant and unconstitutional.
The region’s parliament has 66 members, only one of whom is a woman. In the last parliament, there were only two women MPs. President Deni and his deputy were elected in January 2019.
Puntland is a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Somalia. It was established in 1998 following a clan conference in Garowe to end conflicts as a result of lawlessness that erupted after the overthrow of military president, Siyad Bare, in 1991. It is now one of the five federal member states of Somalia.
Supreme Court of Somalia to hear election-related cases
The Supreme Court of Somalia announced it will hear cases related to elections. Chief Justice Bashe Yusuf Ahmed said it would be illegal for the federal and state governments not to allow the courts to adjudicate over election cases.
“The Supreme Court is ready to hear any appeal that arises from an administrative decision made by the electoral commissions,” Bashe said.
Bashe was speaking at a judicial conference held in Mogadishu.
The Horn of Africa nation is preparing for parliamentary and peesidential elections in September and October respectively.
Somalia has no constitutional court but there is an electoral dispute resolution committee.
Former foreign minister joins race for Villa Somalia
Former Foreign minister Fawzia Adam becomes the firs female candidate to announce her candidature for Somalia presidency. Fawzia, who became Somalia’s first and only woman foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 2012, said she is joining the race for Villa Somalia to change the course of the country’s politics. More than 30 other candidates have expressed their interest for the top job. She leads the National Democratic Party.
“My sole aim is to breath a new lease of life into Somalia. Our political ideology and believes are at the heart and soul of our political trajectory in deciding the best way Forward for my nation,” Fawzia said.
“Our people are known for their dynamism, resilience and fruitful thinking when it comes to business. If they are encouraged, the country will surely get rapid development and investment,” she added.
She is running on an anti-corruption platform. Fawzia hails from Somaliland. The Horn of Africa nation will hold presidential elections on October 10.
As foreign minister, Fawzia was instrumental in Somalia’s quest to recover state properties that had been frozen by foreign administrations, institutions and firms after the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991 in order to prevent unauthorized use, and began a formal assessment and recovery process of Somali national assets, which include ships and planes that are believed to be held in Italy, Germany and Yemen.
Farmajo congratulation Abiy Ahmed on his election victory
Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed whose party won the just-concluded elections in Ethiopia.
Somalia will continue to work with the government of Abiy Ahmed to further strengthen bilateral relations and benefit peoples of the two countries and the wider region, Farmajo said in a statement.
“I warmly congratulate PM Abiy Ahmed on regaining a strong mandate from the people of Ethiopia,” Farmaajo said.
Abiy’s new Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, according to electoral body.
Ethiopia has thousands of troops in Somalia under Amisom, the African Union Mission in Somalia, fighting al Shabab group. Since assuming office in 2018, Abiy has been supportive of the Somali Federal Government unlike his predecessors who supported regional administrations against the government in Mogadishu.
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