Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire ousted in no-confidence motion

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire, the longest-tenured PM in post-civil war Somalia has been ousted out of office in an abrupt vote of a no-confidence motion on Saturday.

An overwhelming majority of lawmakers in the Lower House voted to remove the PM just shortly after the session opened.

Khaire has been in office since March 2017.

The Speaker of Somali Parliament, Mohamed Mursal, announced that 170 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion. There were eight recorded votes against the vote.

Mursal said the vote of no confidence stemmed from the government’s several shortcomings. He cited the inability to table elections on time and for failure to secure the nation.

The vote comes just days after the Prime Minister and President both attended talks with Somalia’s regional leaders in Dhusamareb to discuss the forthcoming election model.