Mogadishu (BTV) – President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s 30-day constitutional deadline to nominate a new prime minister is nearing completion, but it is yet to be announced.
The Somali president, has been looking to appoint a PM for 28 days, and may ask parliament for extension to name a Prime Minister, sources at Villa Somalia told BTV.
According to our sources, the president plans to appoint a prime minister once a full agreement is reached on the country’s elections. Although an agreement was reached at the Dhusamareb 3 conference, Puntland and Jubaland are still not part of that agreement.
It is unclear why the president is delaying in the new prime minister’s nomination, but it is believed to be an attempt to ensure that the new prime minister has no say in the decision-making process.
The main reason behind comes after sacking Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre for his outspoken opposition to the president, which was sole reason to his removal from office. It is unknown at this time what the former Prime Minister will do after leaving the post.
This has previously been a source of concern for the Puntland and Jubaland administrations, whose reasons for rejecting the Dhusamareb 3 conference include the fact that a new prime minister has not yet been appointed.
However, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has shown to be unpredictable and may end up appointing a new prime minister sooner, if the resolution of the election dispute appears to be imminent.