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Motion filed to impeach Somali President

Controversy has started surrounding incumbent Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi commonly known as ‘’Farmajo". The highest official of Somali’s parliament administration Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh, on Sunday said that he had filed a motion with the speaker of parliament to bring to court the incumbent President, Mohamed Abdullahi.

Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh noted in a statement “We have filed an impeachment against the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.”

As per the constitution of Somalia, at most 92 lawmakers have to sign such a motion for it to be presented to the speaker. The assembly is however expected to look into the motion one week later.

Somalia’s parliament has a total of 275 lawmakers. A successful impeachment vote requires the support of two thirds of all Members of Parliaments.

According to media reports, a copy of the motion, accuses President Farmajo of privately signing deals with other countries including Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The deals involved the use of Somali ports and economic and security co-operation, the report revealed.

The incumbent was also accused of unlawfully extraditing alleged criminals to other countries, thereby violating Somalia’s federalism law and the rules and regulations of parliament.

At the time this motion was made public, Officials at the president’s office were not available to comment on the issue at stake. In the meantime, some locals in the city of Mogadishu have denounced the impeachment proceedings against the serving president.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali politician and diplomat is the 9th and sitting president of Somalia.

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