Outgoing speaker Mursal calls swearing in of new security minister “illegal”

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The outgoing speaker of Somalia’s parliament Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman has termed it “illegal” the swearing in of the new security minister Abdullahi Mohamed Nur.

A statement from outgoing speaker Mohamed Mursal’s office to the Prime Minister’s office said the swearing-in and approval of cabinet members was a matter for parliament.

“I respectfully inform you that the House of the People has received that the newly appointed Minister was today sworn, in the presence of the Minister of Justice of your Government, without seeking any approval from the House in accordance with Article 69 (d) and Article 100 (C) of the Federal Constitution and Article 104 on the swearing in of the members of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Government, ”said Mursal.

Mursal called on the Prime Minister to reflect on the steps taken, giving priority to political stability and order, “which our country needs at a critical juncture” he said.

Outgoing speaker Mursal’s move to oppose the swearing-in of the new security minister is seen as as “behind the curtain push by President Farmaajo to oppose the reshuffle” said Mohamed Hassan, a governance analysts based in Mogadishu.

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