Somalia’s President Meets PM Amid Rift over Spy Chief’s Dismissal


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president held a closed-door meeting with the prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Tuesday, a day after he had overturned the appointment of new spy chief and dismissal of his key ally.

Armed forces top brass and other officials, including the deputy speaker of parliament are attending the meeting at the presidential palace, sources told Somaliguardian.

The president demanded the prime minister call off a probe into intelligence agency’s involvement in the killing of a female staffer Ikran Tahlil Farah if he is to agree to the dismissal of his key ally, the country’s powerful spy chief Fahad Yasin.

There are efforts to mediate an end to a rift between the president and his prime minister, led by the deputy speaker of parliament Abdiwali Mudey and other officials.

Somali prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is still insisting on proceeding with efforts to find justice for Ikran Tahlil as her family pleads for the president to stop obstructing the ongoing process to launch a thorough investigation.

A member of the Somali parliament Amina Mohamed said they had received information that Farmajo is setting conditions on approving the premier’s move to fire the spy chief, including abandoning a probe into Ikran Tahlil’s mysterious disappearance.

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