Jubbaland Opposition MP Resigns After 5 Days Detention By Madhoobe
A member of Somalia’s Jubbaland state parliament Ahmed Hassan Abdi “Taajir” Sunday night announced his resignation from the regions Parliament , Radio Dalsan reports. He was addressing his Afmadow district constituents “After I have seen recurring diverging opinions and disagreements and my detention on 30th of January, I make clear that I step down for the people of Jubbaland and their development. I decided to resign from the post of representing the people of Afmadow and also the general public of Jubbaland,” Hassan said at a press conference in Kismayu “I will always work for the development of the Jubaland people and will be ready to work with them on positive things,” he added. Authorities released Mp Ahmed Abdi Hassan Taajir on Sunday following pressure from the UK government who through the ambassador in Somalia David Concar met with Jubbaland President Ahmed Islam Madhoobe on Saturday. MP Hassan who is also a British citizen had been stripped off his immunity by a Parliamentary committee and a day later arrested for giving “false” information in his bid to table a vote of no confidence against Madhoobe’s cabinet. He had accused the cabinet of incompetence. Earlier on Sunday a section of Jubbaland regional state army on besieged a building where the MP had been detained since last week. Five opposition Mps fled Jubbaland in the wake of a clampdown on opposition as Madhoobe issued a travel ban to all lawmakers in a move to silence his critics.