August 2, 2006 |
Twelve more ministers resigned from Somalia's fragile Western-backed government, less than a week after 18 senior officials quit. Minister of Minerals and Water Mohamud Salad Nur and the others quit after Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi called for postponement of peace talks with rival Islamists who have seized the capital, Mogadishu. "We believe if the talks are postponed again it will affect the reconciliation efforts," said Hassan Abshir Farah, minister of fisheries and marine resources.
July 31, 2006 |
Somali lawmakers in Baidoa brawled after Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi survived a vote of no confidence that could have ended his government. Police dragged members of parliament apart and escorted Gedi out after opponents fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to censure him. The anti-Gedi faction had argued his removal was necessary to create a government post for new Islamist rulers in Mogadishu, the nominal capital.
July 30, 2006 |
The prime minister accused Libya, Egypt, Iran and Eritrea of fomenting extremism in his country, and said the killers of a Cabinet minister had links with "international terrorists." Ali Mohammed Gedi's comments came after hundreds attended the funeral of Abdallah Deerow Isaaq, who was shot outside a mosque in the latest flare-up of violence in the Horn of Africa nation.
January 8, 2007 |
Gunmen attacked Ethiopian troops in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, residents said, as Somalian and U.S. officials pledged to work together to stabilize the chaotic nation. Attackers opened fire on forces backing the interim government in the second day of violence directed at Ethiopian troops, who helped oust Islamists who had taken the capital. The violence came after Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi met in Nairobi, Kenya, with Washington's top diplomat for Africa, Jendayi E. Frazer.
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.
March 3, 2006 |
An American working for UNICEF was released by his kidnappers, Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi said. Gedi promised to investigate a warlord's claim that another U.N. agency owed him money. Robert McCarthy was abducted Wednesday in Afmadow, 260 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, U.N. officials said. Gedi said he spoke with the warlord responsible for the abduction. He said he had received documents from the warlord that showed a U.N.