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Somali president withdraws PM's powers in escalating row

Supporters of different opposition presidential candidates demonstrate in Mogadishu on February 19, 2021. Somalia missed a deadline to hold an election by February 8, when President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known by his nickname Farmajo, was due to step down, creating a constitutional crisis. / AFP / -

MOGADISHU: Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced on Thursday he had withdrawn the powers of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, the latest development in a bitter row that has plunged the country into fresh crisis.

"The prime minister has violated the transitional constitution so his executive powers are withdrawn... especially his powers to remove and to appoint officials, until the election is completed," the office of the president, popularly known as Farmajo, said in a statement.

 

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