The motion to unseat the speaker of the Lower House, Mohamed Osman Jawari has been quashed after it failed to meet the required quorum.
The proposition tabled on Wednesday fell short of the two-third majority after 16 signatories pull out in the eleventh hour, leaving the proposers with 91 signatures, according to the Parliament General Secretary, Abdihakim Haji Abdi Buh.
Initially, 107 parliamentarians signed the motion which accused Jawari of abuse of office, violation of the constitution, suppressing opinions of lawmakers and corruption.
The motion lost momentum following a counterattack by members of a pro-Jawari lobby.
To unseat the speaker of the parliament, 184 of the 275 members of parliament is needed, according to the provisional constitution of Somalia.
“The Speaker and his or her deputies shall be elected through a secret ballot by a majority vote of the members of the House of the People of the Federal Parliament, and may be removed by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of the House of the People of the Federal Parliament,” articulates article 65 of the constitution.
The motion opposers accused the cabinet of engineering the motion as majority of the signatories were ministers in the government of Prime minister, Hassan Ali Kheire who are also MPs.
Jawari has been running Lower House since August 2012