Somalia’s regional states cease cooperation with federal ministry of finance


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s regional states on Tuesday announced that they had ceased cooperation with the federal government’s ministry of finance as wrangling continues to heat up.

In a joint statement, the regional ministries of finance said the federal government had broken agreements signed previously and cooperation will remain suspended until Mohamud’s administration reverses alleged unconstitutional decisions.

The move has come as Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud tries to reconcile with the federal member states with wrangling over mainly personal political interests continuing to heat up.

The new development has come days after Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe extended his term in office following in the footsteps of Southwest leader Abdiasis Laftagaren, who had made similar move months ago. Other states are considering to extend presidential mandates of incumbent leaders.

The renewed political frictions are undermining Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s government whose first 100 days ended without any tangible progress in overcoming challenges facing the troubled Horn of Africa nation. During his election campaign, he promised to maintain a policy of “Somalis at peace with themselves”.

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