EU’s top diplomat denounces no-confidence vote against Somali PM

EU’s top diplomat denounces no-confidence vote against Somali PM

EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell has spoken out against a no-confidence vote that ousted Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, saying it damages the Union’s confidence to the country.

“The procedures under which a motion of no confidence in the cabinet was passed did not meet minimal constitutional requirements,” the bloc’s foreign policy chief said in a statement on Sunday.

The previous day, the House of the People of Somalia had ousted Khaire, through a no-confidence vote, in what Borrell described as a “setback” for the country and for the confidence of the European Union in the progress of Somalia.

The motion came as a result of a power struggle between PM Khaire and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, over whether to postpone Somalia’s national elections, set for February 2021.

Khaire was supporting that elections should go ahead as planned, whereas the President was seeking their postponement.

“After learning that the government had failed in its promise to prepare a clear plan that paves the way for one-person-one-vote elections in 2021 … parliament undertook a vote of no confidence against the government and its prime minister, Hassan Ali Khaire,” the parliamentary speaker Mohamed Mursal told reporters.

He added that Somalia’s President will appoint a prime minister and a government “which will pave the way for elections.”

On Tuesday, Somalia’s acting Prime Minister Mahdi Guled slammed the international community, including the EU, for their criticism over the no-confidence vote, saying that the country’s “partners” should respect Somalia’s sovereignty and constitution.

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