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Somali govt reshuffle plan dropped

2010-05-20 20:14

Mogadishu - Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Thursday reversed a decision to appoint a new prime minister, following several days of confusion in the fragile transitional government.

Following a disagreement with Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, Sharif had announced on Monday he would appoint a new prime minister although he never formally sacked the current premier.

But on Thursday, hours before flying out to an international conference in Turkey aimed at drafting a roadmap for peace in the troubled country, Sharif issued a statement reversing his decision.

"After reviewing the current situation in the country and the legal status of his intention to sack the prime minister, the president reversed his decisions and asked the premier and his cabinet to continue their work," said Abdirashid Kalif Hashi, reading the statement to reporters.

The statement also admitted that Sharif's prior decision to demand a new government lacked legal grounding and recognised that Sharmarke remained the transitional government's prime minister.