Somali President postpones trip to Qatar

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has cancelled a three-day state visit to Qatar after dispute sparked between the leaders of executive and Lower House.

The country has been facing looming political crisis since early this week when over 100 lawmakers tabled a motion against the Speaker, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari.

President Farmajo will mediate Speaker Jawaari and PM  Kheire who have been trading accusations in recent days.

The ongoing political stalemate between the two leaders spilled into public on Friday when the speaker held a press conference in Mogadishu accusing the PM of raiding the parliament.

Last Thursday,  the Parliamentary Standing Committee dropped the motion against the speaker after it failed to secure the requisite quorum.

The following day, the first Deputy Speaker, Abdiweli Sheikh Muday dismissed the committee’s decision to quash the motion, saying the committee has not authority to decide the fate of proposition.