As political rift between the President and his Prime Minister intensifies, the Prime Minister makes a televised statement in which he responds to recent statements made by Villa Somalia.
The PM accused the President of placing dozens of armed soldiers in and around Villa Somalia including the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). The OPM is located within the Presidential palace and is only a few rooms away.
“The former president is no different from any other candidate and he wants to use the national institutions and his powers to successfully run for office or destroy the government, if he loses his personal interest“, explained the embattled PM.
Roble goes onto elucidate that the President “does not have the constitutional powers” to do make any changes to the Federal government or its workings and instead should “step aside like other candidates“.
Wrestling for Control
The PM has ordered all security officials including the National Army to only to take orders from himself and not from the Somali President.
This comes at a time in which the President has suspended the powers of the PM as there is an impending investigation against the PM on allegations of corruption which were alleged by the former head of the Somali Navy, General Abdihamid Dirir.
The speech by the Prime Minister indicates that he has swiftly not only rejected his President but has also for the first time referred to him as a “former President and candidate“.
This would effectively place the PM as the Head of State in Somalia despite the unconstitutionality of it as the political standoff continues.