Somalia PM considers lifting suspension on Fahad Yasin’s parliament seat


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is planning to lift suspension on four parliament seats, including one earlier grabbed by the National Security Advisor Fahad Yasin after international partners ratcheted pressure on him to rescind previous decision by the election body, Caasimada Online news website reported on Wednesday.

After a meeting with the election body this week, UN envoy James Swan urged authorities to “find a way to resolve the issues around the four seats that FEIT has not certified so the process can conclude without further delay”. read more

International partners, including the European Union, the United States and the United Nations have mounted pressure on Roble and the election body to end row over the suspended seats to ensure that the swearing in of new MPs and Senators takes place as scheduled on April 14.

A parliament seat occupied by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s right-hand-man, Fahad Yasin, has been at the epicenter of renewed tensions as the Premier tried to remove him from the list of accredited MPs to block him from contesting for the deputy speaker of parliament. Roble earlier accused the man and his allies of being behind the assassination of an opposition MP.

Members of the electoral body are due to travel to the town of Baidoa on Wednesday in push to bring an end to differences with Southwest regional authorities, who barred MPs elected in the region from flying to Mogadishu to receive their credentials, in an attempt to pressure the government to reverse decision on the disputed seats.

Allies of the Prime Minister, including the Minister of Education Abdullahi Arab, Deputy Minister of Information Abdirahman Al-Adala, the head of the election body Muse Geelle and other officials held hours-long meeting at Decale Airport inside Adan Adde Airport in Mogadishu to issue recommendations on whether to certify the disputed seats.

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