Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire of Somalia was ousted by the Somali parliament in a no-confidence vote, on Saturday, as per an Arab News report.
This is due to criticisms for his actions in tightening Somalia’s national security, said Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, House speaker.
“The prime minister failed to establish national security forces to tighten security for the federal and state governments,” he said.
Khaire got 170-8 votes for his removal.
Somalia’s President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo also endorsed Khaire’s ouster, as per a Daily Monitor report.
He appointed Khaire to the position in 2017.
The president said in a statement, via state media, that he accepts the legislators’ desire to remove its prime minister.
A caretaker prime minister was appointed by the president pending the appointment of the next prime minister, said Daily Mirror.
According to Arab News, the vote also comes after a debate for the country’s national election.
The prime minister and the president, along with regional leaders, have been discussing the issue recently.
The talk is on whether the election should push through in February 2021 or not.
Khaire was a former oil company executive before he took the position of Somalia’s prime minister.
He is also a member of the Hawiye clan, as per the Daily Monitor.
Somalia has a Federal Parliamentary Republic type of Government.
In this type of government, the president is the head of the state while the prime minister is the head of government.
The Situation in Somalia
Around 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDP’s) are living in Somalia, as per a Human Rights Watch(HRW) report.
This is due to continuous armed conflict and lack of state protection and insecurity in the country said by HRW.
As a result, civilians are exposed to different kinds of abuse.
In November 2019, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) reported a huge number of civilian casualties in the country.
Around 1154 civilians are dead due to targeted attacks by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabab.
Military operations consisting of airstrikes against the militant group also adds to civilian deaths and injuries.