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Somali President and PM issue conflicting directives as rift between the two widens

Somali President and PM issue conflicting directives as rift between the two widens

The rift between Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble and his boss Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo deepened on Tuesday after the two leaders issued different directives.

In a statement, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said Fahad Yasin has “resigned” as spy chief and appointed him as the National Security Advisor.

Farmaajo also appointed Colonel Yasin Abdullahi Mohamud Farey, an ally of chief Fahad Yasin is appointed as the new director of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

In rejoinder, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble welcomed the president’s acceptance of the dismissal of NISA chief Fahad Yasin accusing him of “disrupting” investigation into the killing of intelligence agent Ikran Tahlil Farah. The premier also ordered NISA acting NISA chief to start duties.

“The Prime Minister informs Somali people that the two statements from the President in the last two days (6th and 7th of September) expose that he intends to claim the election and security responsibilities that he has already transferred to the Prime minister. Also, the Prime Minister is concerned that the President’s actions are obstructing the effective investigation of Ikran Tahlil Farah’s case; in the same way, justice and the rule of law agencies have been previously barred from exercising a full investigation.” read part of the statement by PM Roble.

The dispute between the President and the Prime Minister also affected state-controlled media after the government media platforms deleted the president’s press release and published the statement by the prime minister.

The rift between Somalia’s leadership started on Saturday after Roble dismissed outgoing spy chief Fahad Yasin and appointed a caretaker.

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