Somali President and PM Disagree on Authority

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo (L) and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble (R) PHOTO| COURTESY

The Somali president and his prime minister are at odds over the government’s ability to negotiate agreements with foreign nations. 

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble disagree on entering a diplomatic and trade deal with Kenya and other countries.

In Mogadishu on Sunday, the premier met with Kenya’s Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo and pledged to work together for peace, stability, and good neighborliness.

The two neighbors have been at odds over who owns the Indian Ocean’s 100,000 square kilometers. The case is currently pending at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

In reaction to Farmaajo’s Saturday order prohibiting any government official from interacting with foreign governments, Roble claimed he and the cabinet ministers have the powers to sign any deal with other countries. The current government mandate ended in February.

The prime minister’s claim was backed by opposition groups and Puntland regional state. 

The current political disputes have put the planned and ongoing parliamentary and presidential elections in jeopardy. 

So far, nine senators have been elected out of a total of 54.