Mohamed Abdirizak: It Was Somalia President Farmajo’s Decision to Sack Me

Mohamed Abdirizak

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – It was the decision of Somalia’s current acting president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to sack the country’s foreign minister amid uncertainty over elections funding and tensions with some of the countries contributing troops to the African Union mission in the Horn of Africa nation, Mohamed Abdirizak said.

In an interview with VOA Somali, Mr Abdirizak said both the president and prime minister urged him to stay in office and continue work after he had offered his resignation due to differences over a number of issues he did not mention.

He added that the move was a surprise to him, given the promises that the country’s leadership had made that his complaints would be addressed and differences in views would be fixed.

The sacked foreign minister, who has only served the post for one year after his predecessor was fired following a standoff on a statement issued regarding the government’s position on Ethiopia’s civil war, has not ruled out running for Somalia’s president in the upcoming elections.

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