Somalia’s interim President Abdullahi Yusuf has fallen ill
and been flown to neighbouring Ethiopia for treatment.
The BBC’s Yusuf Hassan Mursal says Mr Yusuf, 72, collapsed on Friday morning
in the seat of government, Baidoa.
Prime Minister Nur Hussein Hassan said his condition was not serious, but
close aides have suggested otherwise.
The president, who had a liver transplant 14 years ago, was last month admitted
to a Kenyan hospital, suffering from bronchitis.
Ethiopia helped Somalia’s transitional government end the Union of Islamic
Courts’ (UIC) six-month rule over large parts of southern Somalia a year ago.
Since then the government has been battling insurgents in the capital, Mogadishu.
The UN says 60% of the residents of the capital, Mogadishu, have fled their
homes because of fighting in recent months.
Somalia has not had a functioning national government since 1991.