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Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Somali prime minister announces resignation
PM Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke
Agence France Presse
September 21, 2010
Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke announced his resignation on Tuesday after a weeks-long dispute with President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
The long-brewing feud between the two principals resulted in Sharmarke's exit before a fully-fledged political crisis could blow up but left the embattled government in limbo as it struggled to fend off a fierce insurgency.
"I resigned as the prime minister of the transitional federal government of Somalia after being unable to work with the president," Sharmarke told lawmakers in Mogadishu.
"I did it for the interest of the nation at this critical moment," he said, referring to the daily fighting pitting Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents against government troops backed by an African force.