Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will announce his resignation on Thursday as part of a deal that will see elections postponed for one year, the information minister told radio mogadishu
The announcement prompted widespread protests in Mogadishu from ordinary Somalis, politicians and soldiers, who see the move as a blow to attempts to bring peace and stability to a country struggling with an insurgency by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab.
Farmajo, President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Parliamentary Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden had been locked in talks in the Ugandan capital Kampala to find a way out of an impasse over whether elections should be held this year.
Aden had opposed a one-year extension to the government's mandate, which is due to expire in August. However, this week he offered to withdraw his opposition in exchange for a new cabinet that would see his allies given key positions.
"We agree to defer elections of the President and the Speaker and his deputies for twelve months after August, 2011 in order to adequately prepare and complete priority transitional tasks," an accord signed by Sheikh Sharif and Aden, as well as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and UN special envoy to Somalia, Augustine P Mahiga, in Kampala read.
According to this agreement, known as the Kampala Accord, Farmajo must resign within 30 days, and a new appointee will be put forward by Sheikh Sharif and approved by parliament within 14 days. The prime minister will then have 30 days to put together a cabinet, which parliament must again approve within 14 days. Cabinet posts are set to be split 50/50 between allies of the president and the speaker, diplomats say.
Resignation news sparks protests
While the deal brings to an end the impasse that has hampered the government, hundreds of people took to the streets in government-controlled areas of Mogadishu to condemn the forced resignation of Farmajo. Soldiers, who credit the premier with ensuring wages were paid and providing encouragement, were among the demonstrators, and several of them told terror free somalia they believed this development could lead to a loss of morale.
The demonstrators blocked streets with stones and burning tyres, sending a pall of black smoke over the capital, as they vented their anger at Aden, who they see as the villain in the piece for his political maneuvering.
Aden's home was stoned by protesters, as was the car of a lawmaker loyal to the speaker as it entered Villa Somalia. The authorities are trying to bring the situation under control, only allowing government and African Union peacekeeping vehicles on the street. Shots were reported as soldiers struggled to regain order. Waberi, Hamar Weyne and KM4 were the districts worst affected by the protests.
Soldiers among pro-Farmajo demonstrators
"We have experienced days that we hadn’t dreamt of before Prime Minister Farmajo came to office," a Mogadishu analyst and academic, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, told terror free somalia. "Our hopes are rotten again; Mogadishu is screaming."
The academic said that many members of the armed forces were planning to stop fighting in support of the prime minister. Mohamed Ali Farah, a retired soldier, said he believed that many of his former colleagues would withdraw from the front lines, threatening recent gains on al-Shabaab in Mogadishu.
The US-educated Farmajo was an unknown quantity when he was appointed in October last year, taking over from Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, who resigned after a long-running spat with Sheikh Sharif.
Since he took over, soldiers began to receive regular wages for the first time and the government began to press al-Shabaab, gaining ground in the border regions and in the capital, helping to boost his popularity and raise hopes for the future.
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