Power struggle in Somali government’s upper ranks

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Somalia has a new prime minister or maybe two. The confusion exposes what may be an insurmountable crisis in the western-backed transitional government.

Somalia has a new prime minister or maybe two. The confusion exposes what may be an insurmountable crisis in the western-backed transitional government.

The rift was opened when President Abdullahi Yusuf sought to oust former premier Nur Hassan Hussein in a dispute over the creation of a new Cabinet demanded by donor countries and regional leaders. Parliament moved to restore Hussein. President Yusuf then named a loyal supporter, Mohamed Mohamud Guled, to the government post.

Kenya has issued a statement saying that, “the action by President Yusuf further exacerbates the problem in Somalia” and that “the incessant political wrangles and competition” among Somalia’s leaders “is totally distractive” and “unhelpful to the region.”

Yusuf’s transitional government was created by the United Nations and foreign countries with millions of dollars to be a bulwark against the local Islamic Courts Union, which, the U.S. said, opposed its “war on terror.”  Special to the NNPA from GIN

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