Somali premier resigns under Kampala accord

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced he was resigning.

Mogadishu: Somali Prime Minister
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Sunday announced he was resigning
following an agreement ending the troubled country`s
transitional administration.

"Considering the interest of the society and in
compliance with the Kampala accord, I decided to quit to
compromise for the national interest", Mohamed told reporters
in Mogadishu, thanking those who supported him.

Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and parliament
leader Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden on Thursday signed a deal in
the Ugandan capital extending their terms for a year, pushing
back polls due in August.

The accord which also ended the prime minister`s
mandate stipulates that elections for president and speaker of
parliament will have to take place prior to August 20, 2012.

Somalia`s transitional government, which was set up
in 2004 in Kenya and owes its survival to the international
community, has been weakened by infighting between its leaders
which has worsened as the end of the mandates approached.


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