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Somalia's PM ousted by lawmakers

Published:Monday | December 2, 2013 | 2:16 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP):

Somalia's prime minister and his Cabinet, after 14 months in office, has been ousted after a vote by lawmakers today.

Lawmakers voted 184-65 to oust Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and his 10-member Cabinet, Parliament Speaker Sheik Osman Jawari said.

Shirdon will remain in office until President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud nominates a new prime minister, who will then have 30 days to appoint a new Cabinet, Jawari said.

The parliament vote came after disputes emerged between Shirdon, a former businessman who has been prime minister since October 2012, and Mohamud.

Lawmakers said that Shirdon refused to put the president's picks into his Cabinet.

The United Nations representative to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said the ouster of the prime minister by vote from the parliament showed that Somalia's institutions are "coming of age."


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