Somalia president names new Mogadishu mayor, ousts Thabit Abdi

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Somalia president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has named former information minster Abdurrahman Osman Yarisow as the new Mogadishu Mayor and Banaadir governor, state media reports.

The new official will replace former president’s ally and Banadir Governor Thabit Abdi who was ousted in a decree released by villa Somalia on Sunday.

” After he saw reports of Interior, Federalism, and reconciliation ministry after he made consultation with the prime minister, the President named these individuals for these posts. Eng. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow) was appointed as the mayor Mogadishu, Mohamed Abdullahi as the first deputy of the mayor,” reads the statement.

Somalia president has also fired Mogadishu’s district commissioners.

The commissioners have on Saturday night elected Thabit Abdi to stay put at the office for the next two years , strengthening Thabit’s political tussle with the higher Federal leaders including the PM.

The ousted Governor has on Saturday denied any land exploitation involvement, rebutting an increasing allegation over a public land sold near Hamarweyne’s Shanema Afrika.

Reports say that dozens of Federal troops have on Sunday morning deployed in and around the Mogadishu municipality, as new Mogadishu mayor prepares to take over the office.

No military actions have been reported so far.

The political tussle between the sacked governor and Villa Somalia erupted over a planned meeting which Mr. Thabit said will decide Banaadir’s status in the federal level.

Thabit M Abdi, a former Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Somalia in the US was named last year as the Mayor of Mogadishu and Banadir region govenor.