Somalia's president to appoint new PM
Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said Monday he would appoint a new prime minister. This weekend the parliament speaker blamed the prime minister for the country's problems during the parliament's first meeting of the year. The meeting was attacked by shelling, in which at least 20 people died.
"I am going to name a new prime minister who will form a government which will help the country overcome these difficult times," said Sharif.
Speaker Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur resigned at the same time, after parliament passed a vote of no confidence in him. He had blamed Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke for Somalia's political turmoil.
"In order to avoid causing touble for the country in these difficult times, I decided to compromise and leave my position as speaker," said Nur.
On Sunday, parliament met to discuss an accusation of treason made against the prime minister.
The parliament building was attacked during its session by Islamist insurgents.
Correspondent Abdurahman Warsameh says at least 20 people died and more than three others were wounded in mortar attacks on the parliament building on Sunday.
Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991.