Interim Somali Prime Minister Nur « Adde » Hassan Hussein has survived a vote-of-confidence motion in Parliament, Radio Garowe reported Monday.
The atmosphere inside Parliament’s ADC Hall in Baidoa, 250km northwest of Mogadishu, was « chaotic » as MPs debated whether or not the vote should be by secret ballot.
Sheikh Adan « Madobe » Mohamed, the Speaker, told lawmakers that they would vote by raising their right hand.
There were 201 MPs present during the vote, which was presented by a group of lawmakers despite interim President Abdullahi Yusuf’s opposition to the confidence motion.
Some 191 MPs voted to pass Prime Minister Nur Adde’s government, while seven MPs refused and two MPs abstained from voting, Speaker Madobe announced.
Somali Interior Minister Muse Nur Amin and Transportation Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade, who are considered the Prime Minister’s allies in the Cabinet, welcomed the vote.
Currently, a motion against President Yusuf sits in Parliament and is waiting for a vote, according to lawmakers.
Somalia’s interim government, established in 2004, has been plagued by internal divisions and confidence votes against the sitting Prime Minister.