Somalia transitional government fires former speaker, 29 others Brett Murphy at 7:24 AM ET
[JURIST] The Somali transitional government [official website] dismissed former parliamentary speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden [Wikipedia profile] and 29 other parliamentary members on Tuesday in what is purported to be an attempt to consolidate the government's power over the legislature. Aden had been replaced as speaker in January by someone more closely tied to the new government, in a move criticized by the US [Washington Post report]. The 29 other members removed Tuesday are believed to have close ties with Aden and the former government.
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