Somali government wins confidence vote 2008-09-01 19:19:57   Print

    MOGADISHU, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein and his government on Monday won overwhelmingly a confidence vote by the parliament, the speaker said.

    "After a debate the two hundred parliamentarians voted and the government received a hundred and ninety-one votes in favour, while seven voted against it and two abstained," Sheik Aden Mohamed, speaker of Somalia national parliament told Xinhua by phone from southern town of Baidoa, the seat of the Somali legislator.

    "Thus the government has got a clear confidence from the majority of the members of the house," the speaker added.

    Somali parliamentarians last week tabled a motion to oust the Prime Minister and his government accusing it of incompetence and embezzlement, a charge vehemently denied by Hussein.

    This came only days after both Somali President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed and his prime Minister briefed the legislator on an agreement they reached in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

    They said that they agreed to work together and solve their differences through "legal means".

    The two leaders told parliament Thursday that they had agreed to dissolve the administration of Banadir region and Mogadishu, the Somali capital, increase the cabinet members by five and reform the national intelligence force.

    The two leaders were at odds following the ouster by Hussein of the Mayor of Mogadishu Mohamed Omar Habeeb, a close ally of the Somali President who revoked the Prime Minister's decision and reinstated the Mayor.

    A number of pro-president members of Hussein's cabinet then resigned accusing him of misuse of state funds but the prime minister replaced them with other ministers. 

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