Somalia Lower House Nullifies Berbera Port Deal
Somali Members of Parliament in the Lower House on Monday approved legislation declaring the controversial Berbera port deal “null and void”. MPs have further called for the ban of UAE port operator DP World from operating within Somalia. Out of the 170 MPs 168 voted in favour of the legislation, 1 abstained and 1 rejected. The legislation is also to affect the concession of the Bossasso Port in the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. The Legislation is expected to go through the Upper House of Parliament from Tuesday. It will become law upon ascension by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. The tripartite $1Bn Berbera Port deal has brewed a diplomatic row between Somalia and UAE. Somalia has termed the deal illegal saying it was not consulted while breakaway Somaliland asserts it has the rights to make own deals as an "independent country".