Somalia’s president suspends prime minister pending investigation

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.

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