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Somalia Foreign Minister in soup for “illegally”appointing envoys
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Somalia Foreign Minister in soup for “illegally”appointing envoys

Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmed Isse Awad is on the spot for illegally appointing and backdating the employment status of 11 diplomats, in breach of civil service law.
Sources told Radio Dalsan that the Foreign Ministry is now under probe to determine how the appointment was made after former prime minister Hassan Ali Kheire was ousted by the parliament, in a no-confidence vote.
The Foreign Minister is said to have been in Nairobi and deployed the officials in an online memo. The diplomats affected include those manning missions in Turkey, Canada, UAE, South Africa among other countries.
Some analysts told Dalsan that the appointments were illegal as they violated the constitution.
As details emerged on Thursday, Somalis on Twitter lampooned with most saying the illegal move could damage Somalia’s diplomatic practice.
“Some of these people didn’t go through the employment process and straight they come to (head) diplomatic missions," a source in the ministry told Radio Dalsan.
Another reliable source confirmed that Acting foreign affairs Awad who was in the recent days in the Kenyan capital Nairobi was summoned by Villa Somalia to explain the anomaly.
Documents granting the appointment and seen by Radio Dalsan bear his signatures.
Mr Awad could not respond to our calls by the time we went to press.