Somalia’s President, PM Agree to End Months-long Rift

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MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble reached an agreement on Thursday, ending months-long dispute that has crippled efforts to hold long-delayed elections.

It came after Roble had given up his position on the case of a female spy and removal of his NISA appointee Bashir Gobe following a mediation led by the president of Southwest regional state Abdiasis Laftagaren – a key ally of Somalia’s president.

Somalia’s most powerful leaders agreed that the acting security minister, who had been named by Roble, continue his work and that Bashir Gobe be appointed as state minister.

According to the terms of the agreement, Yasin Abdullahi Mohamud, who had been accused of playing a role in the murder of a female spy Ikran Tahlil, will remain as the chief of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

Yasin’s stay at the headquarters of NISA could prevent a successful investigation into the murder case, days after the military court informed the family of the late female spy that detectives had been denied access to the compound and surveillance cameras in and outside the building.

Some of the country’s opposition figures welcomed the agreement, hailing it as a step taken towards progress and expressing hope that the government will now be able to hold long-delayed polls.

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