Speaker Jawari quits as Gulf rivalries boil
Embattled Somalia speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, resigns hours before a planned motion of no-confidence against him.
The news was broken on Twitter by Abdurahman Hosh Jibril, Lawyer and the current minister of Constitutional Affairs of The Federal Government of Somalia.
The speaker’s dispute with the president had simmered for weeks and came close to violence. Last week a no-confidence vote against him did not go ahead after he and his opponents arrived at parliament with armed guards.
The resignation of Mohamed Osman Jawari came the day after the seizure of $9.6 million in cash at Mogadishu airport from a plane that had landed from the United Arab Emirates, according to police and government sources.
The Mogadishu government confirmed the seizure but did not say what the money was for.
Jawari, who has held the position since 2012, had been accused of violating the constitution and blocking parliament procedures, forcing some Federal legislators to table an impeachment motion against him in March.
Somalia has been in a state of lawlessness since the early 1990s, when central government was toppled by warlords.