The president, who had suspended Prime Minister Mohammed
Hussein Roble before over an earlier confrontation, said in a statement he had
taken the action pending an investigation of accusations the prime minister had
acquired land fraudulently.
The government spokesperson did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.
A dispute between Mohamed and Roble has generated months of
tension, which analysts say risks distracting the government from its fight
against the al Qaeda-linked insurgency al Shabaab.
The suspension of Roble’s powers comes a day after Mohamed
and Roble accused other of holding up parliamentary elections.
Mohamed also said he had removed from office commander of
marine forces, General Abdihakim Mohamed Dirir, while a similar investigation
was being carried out.
Dirir or a spokesperson for him were not immediately
available for comment.