December 25, 2008 |
Somalia's aging president is expected to resign in the coming days, aides said Wednesday, succumbing to threats of impeachment and international sanctions over his refusal to support a national reconciliation plan. Abdullahi Yusuf, a warlord-turned-statesman, was once widely viewed as the linchpin of Somalia's transitional government. But in recent months, Yusuf, 74, has repeatedly clashed with the prime minister and has come to be regarded as an obstacle to peace.
October 15, 2004 |
A former army officer, rebel and warlord was sworn in as the new president of Somalia in an attempt to unite the nation under a central government. Abdullahi Yusuf took the oath of office from the speaker of the new parliament, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden. The heads of government from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti and Yemen attended the ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, and voiced their support for the new president.
January 21, 2009 |
Former Somalia President Abdullahi Yusuf arrived in Sana, Yemen, on a private jet and sought political asylum, officials said. The 75-year-old former warlord resigned in December after a series of public quarrels with his prime minister. An aide said it was possible that Yusuf could return to Somalia or move to a third country, such as the United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia.
June 13, 2008 |
Islamic insurgents fired mortar rounds at the main airport in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as the president was preparing to fly out, an official said. Nobody was hurt in the attack, said the president's spokesman, Hussein Mohamed Mohamud. President Abdullahi Yusuf was at the airport but had not yet boarded his plane when the mortar shells landed, Mohamud said. He flew to Ethiopia later in the day. Yusuf escaped unharmed last week after a similar attack.
December 12, 2004 |
Somalia's parliament passed a motion of no confidence against the new prime minister and his Cabinet, in effect sacking a government that had been expected to restore order to the country after 13 years of anarchy and war. A deputy speaker of the 275-member transitional parliament said 153 members voted against Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi, accusing him of failing to respect power-sharing arrangements reached in complex talks among warlords and clan leaders.
December 16, 2008 |
The beleaguered prime minister survived a vote of no-confidence in Somalia's parliament after a move by his political rival, President Abdullahi Yusuf, to remove him from office. Emboldened by the show of support, Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein is expected to ask lawmakers this week to approve a reconciliation plan that would give half the seats in parliament to opposition groups, including a group of moderate Islamists. The deal has been a key point of contention with Yusuf, who has vowed to continue his campaign to remove Hussein from office.