Somalia Lawmakers are scheduled to hold the first session of their meeting today to debate a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed.
Majority of the cabinet ministers called for the prime minister to resign, but Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed rejected the call. The prime minister will be forced to resign if more than 50 percent of the lawmakers vote against him.
Somali MP’s tried twice unsuccessfully to debate a no-confidence motion against the prime minister, but both attempts were halted by MP’s loyal to the prime minister.
Speaker of the Somalia Parliament, Mohamed Sheikh Osman (Jawari), warned that there will be no disruptions and chaos at this Parliamentary session, and that anyone who attempts to disturb the session will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.
It has been less than a year since lawmakers ousted Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon in a similar manner.
The current tension between the Somali president and prime minister has sparked international concern that Somalia could slide back into political turmoil.