Farmaajo and Roble clash over appointment of internal security minister
The political division between President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble continues to widen after the premier on Wednesday evening appointed an opposition lawmaker as the internal security minister. In a statement, the prime minister appointed Abdullahi Mohamed Nur, an opposition lawmaker who was among the legislators who were behind term extension of Farmaajo as the new Minister of Internal Security replacing the Minister of Internal Security Hassan Hundubey Jimale. ''Somali Prime Minister appoints Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Nur as the new Minister of Internal Security who is replacing the former Minister of Internal Security Hassan Hundubey Jimale,'' government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said in a Twitter post. The dismissed Minister of Internal Security Hassan Hundubey opposed his removal by Roble accusing the PM of getting the country into a new political crisis. In rejoinder, the head of state Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo nullified the move by his prime minister and termed the decision ''unconstitutional.'' ''The dismissal of Internal Security Minister FGS, Hon. Hassan Hundubey is illegal, unprocedural and unconstitutional. Any Ministerial changes which violate due process of the Somali Provisional Constitution is null and void,'' Farmaajo said in a statement. The conflict between the leaders have been intensifying in the past days as the country is engaged in a crucial electoral process of the upper house of Parliament and 275 members of the lower house which are expected to kick off shortly in Somalia’s slow-moving election process.