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Latest update : 2008-12-24

President Abdullahi Yusuf was expected to resign Saturday, his spokesman said Wednesday, the same day Mohamed Mohamud Guled, a lawmaker controversially named Somali prime minister last week, announced his resignation.

Reuters - Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf is expected to resign on Saturday, his spokesman said on Wednesday.


"The president has already written his resignation letter and he is expected to announce it on the coming Saturday," Hussein Mohamed Mohamud, a presidential spokesman, told Reuters.


"It is not good for me to predict or explain his reasons for resigning. President Yusuf will explain everything when he resigns."



Meantime, Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled, appointed by the president last week, resigned Wednesday, saying his appointment threatened to tear apart an already weak government.


President Abdullahi Yusuf sacked Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein following a row about new cabinet members, but parliament voted to reinstate Hussein and countries in the region imposed sanctions against the president for being an obstacle to peace.


"After evaluating the current situation in Somalia, I have decided to resign," Guled told reporters at his house.


"I stood down so that I am not seen as a stumbling block to the peace process which is going on well now."


The split at the top of the Western-backed government is blamed for stalling U.N.-hosted peace talks and threatens to rupture the Western-backed administration at a time Islamist insurgents are camped on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu.

Date created : 2008-12-24