From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Dec 18 2008 - 16:06:25 EST
'Somali leader armed clan with TFG guns'
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 19:10:52 GMT
Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has illegally armed his clan with
weapons belonging to the country's transitional government, report says.
A fact-finding mission, tasked by the Somali Parliament with investigating
accusations of corruption against Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, claims the
president arranged for the transfer of the weaponry to his clansmen
Majerteen, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.
Informing the lawmakers of the delegation's findings, Parliament spokesman
Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur also accused Yusuf Ahmed of pocketing great chunks
of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) funds.
The news comes after, on Tuesday, Yusuf Ahmed replaced premier Nur Hassan
Hussein with his appointee Mohamud Mohamed Guled, reportedly violating the
The move came amid Somalia's ongoing struggle to agree on a cabinet since
Hussein's predecessor Ali Mohamed Gedi stepped down in October 2007.
Hussein's dismissal and Gedi's resignation have both been put down to the
two former officials' defying the president's will to use the state budgets
to fund his clansmen and 'other foreign mafia'.
During the parliamentary session, the president was also charged with
ordering his clan's gunmen to illegally arrest some legal authorities of the
government including the Chairman of the Supreme Court Yusuf Ali Haruun.
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