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Galmudug VP Under House Arrest Amidst Political Riffles Facing Somalia Over Gulf Crisis
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Galmudug VP Under House Arrest Amidst Political Riffles Facing Somalia Over Gulf Crisis

The Vice President of Galmudug regional state Mohamed Hashi  was on Saturday blocked from travelling out of Adado in what sources say is a culmination of political tension within the administration over conflicting stances on the Gulf Crisis. A source  told Radio Dalsan's Adado based reporter that the Vice President had been put under house arrest and unable to travel to Mogadishu for a scheduled flight. Galmudug administration has been sharply divided over the Gulf Crisis with the President Ahmed Haaf on Wednesday publicly declaring that his government had cut ties with Qatar to support Saudi Arabia. President Haaf is backed by Deputy Speaker but bitterly opposed by his Vice President and the Speaker who distanced themselves from the Wednesday statement declaring severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar. At the time of the Vice President's blockade in Adado President Haaf was reported to be on an official trip in Nairobi. According to a source a motion of impeachment of the President has been in the offing. Haaf's camp is said to be wary of the possibility of bribing MPs to sway on the motion. The Farmaajo administration is facing one of its toughest moments with three regional states namely Puntland, Hirshabelle and now Galmudug severing ties with Qatar. In June 5 Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar alleging the Gulf state was sponsoring terrorism. Somalia decided to take a neutral stance on the matter and allowed Qatar to use its airspace. On Thursday Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Khaire through a statement  rebuked the three states that cut ties with Qatar. Khaire said that only the central government had the authority to speak on matters Foreign Affairs. "The Cabinet reaffirms the Federal Government decision in June that Somalia is neutral about the conflict of the Gulf countries" the PM's statement said. "The conflict be solved brotherly, peacefully and diplomatically" it added. Former President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has joined the bandwagon to criticize the Farmaajo administration of its stance on the Gulf Crisis. Ahmed termed the decision null and void. He has asked Farmaajo to reverse his stance for the sake of the long term relation and mutual respect between Somalia and Saudi Arabia.