Djibouti’s foreign minister denies allegations of interference in Somali affairs amid rising tensions between president and prime minister.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has accused Djibouti of illegally detaining his national security adviser, a key player in his spiral with Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.
The office of Mohamed, popularly known as Farmaajo, claimed in a statement on Friday that Djibouti Fahad Yasin and other Somali officials had illegally detained at the country’s main international airport, preventing them from entering the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, to travel.
“We call on the Djibouti government to facilitate their journey, while being fully responsible for any threat to their personal security. We are very disappointed with the blunt intervention, “he added.
However, Djibouti’s foreign minister denied the allegations. ‘False news is published on social media trying to create confusion and drag Djibouti to Somalia[‘s] internal challenges and crisis, ”tweeted Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.
“We will continue to assist our brothers and sisters in Somalia, but we will never interfere in their internal affairs.”
False news is published on social media trying to cause confusion and drag Djibouti to Somali internal challenges and crises. We will continue to assist our brothers and sisters in Somalia, but we will never interfere with their internal affairs.
Share Mahmoud Ali youssouf (@ymahmoudali) 17 September 2021
He said a Turkish Airlines flight to Mogadishu did not depart from Djibouti because of what the company described as ‘technical problems’, adding that one of the pilots was not authorized to land in the Somali capital. , which means that all passengers must return to Istanbul.
However, Youssouf did not mention Yasin, who was scheduled to attend a national security conference in Mogadishu on Saturday, and it was unclear whether he was on the run.
Risk of ‘instability’
The border crossing erupted hours after leaders of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states urged Farmaajo and Roble to resolve their disputes through mediation.
“The current conflict … does not serve the public interest, leading to insecurity and political instability,” the leaders of Jubbaland, South West, Galmudug, Hirshabele and Puntland said in a statement.
The fierce power struggle escalated last week when Roble Yasin, then Somalia’s head of espionage, fired over the handling of a sensational investigation into the disappearance of a young intelligence agent.
The family of Ikran Tahlil accused her employers at the National Intelligence and Security Agency of killing her.
Farmaajo scrutinized the prime minister by appointing Yasin as his national security adviser and announced on Thursday that he Roble withdraws forces, in particular the ability to appoint and dismiss officials, until the election process is completed.
He accused Roble of violating the constitution and “making reckless decisions that could pave the way for political and security instability”.
The prime minister, in turn, accused Farmaajo of wanting to sabotage the government’s functioning. Roble further said he would not comply with the president’s order and accused him of distorting the constitutional provisions he quoted to justify his interference with the powers of the prime minister’s office.
Farmaajo’s four-year mandate expired in February, but was extended by parliament in April, causing deadly gun battles in Mogadishu, and some opponents see it as a blatant coup.
Roble put together a new timetable for opinion polls, but the process deteriorated. Last week, he accused Farmaajo of trying to reclaim ‘election and security responsibilities’ from him.
Elections in Somalia follow a complex indirect model, whereby state legislators and delegates from the tribal legislature elect the national parliament, which in turn elects the president. The next phase is scheduled between October 1 and November 25.