Somali President Names New Spy chief Heightening Tension With PM


Somali presidents appoint a new intelligence chief, creating a standoff with the prime minister, who had appointed someone else to the position.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo appointed Yasin Abdullahi Mohamed to lead the intelligence agency.

The disagreement between President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble creates more delays in the parliamentary and presidential elections.

On Monday, Somali premier Mohamed Hussein Roble suspended Yasin, the National Intelligence Service Agency (NISA) director, saying Yasin’s  brief on the murder of Ikran Tahlil one of its agents had been unsatisfactory, setting off the row with the president. Roble appointed his own man General Bashir Goobe. 

The president said Wednesday he will convene the National Security Council for a meeting on September 18, where the intelligence agency will present its findings regarding the death of one of its agents.

Somali international partners Tuesday expressed concerns about the political tension surrounding the disappearance of the female intelligence officer Tahlil.

“We urge Somali leaders to de-escalate the political confrontation surrounding this investigation and, in particular, avoid any actions that could lead to violence. We call on Somalia’s leaders to work together to advance the implementation of the 27 May Agreement toward the holding of elections, recognizing the progress made to date by the National Consultative Council under the effective leadership of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble,” the Somali partners said.  

The Somali partners, which consist of some African and EU countries, the African Union Mission in Somalia and the United Nations, urged the country leaders for a rapid resolution of the political dispute, including a credible investigation of Ikran’s disappearance and the completion of the electoral process without any further delay.