Motion to impeach Somali president filed

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The top official of the Somali parliament administration filed a motion with the speaker of parliament to impeach the country’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi.

“We filed an impeachment against the president of the federal republic of Somalia,” Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh said in a statement.

Constitutionally, 92 lawmakers have to sign such a motion for it to be submitted to the speaker. Parliament may debate the motion a week later.

Somalia’s parliament has 275 lawmakers in total. A successful impeachment vote requires the backing of two thirds of all MPs.

A copy of the motion lists as grounds for impeachment an allegation that the president secretly signed agreements with other countries including Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The agreements touch on the use of Somali ports and economic and security co-operation, it said.

He is also accused of illegally extraditing alleged criminals to other countries and violating Somalia’s federalism law and the rules and regulations of parliament.

Officials at the president’s office could not be reached for comment.