03/08/07 (B406) SH NETWORK : Sortir de l’impasse consitutionnelle en Somalie : le débat est lancé par des parlementaires sur la légitimité du Premier Ministre. Somalia lawmakers deadlocked in the country’s decisions (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu 01, August.07 ( Sh.M.Network)- Members of Somalia’s interim parliament demanded that president, Abdulahi Yusuf, interfere in the bitter debate among the parliamentarians over whether to vote for enabling the parliament to have the capacity to stay update with the decisions made by the Western-backed transitional government.

Asha Abdalla, a lawmaker, lashed out at Prime Minister, Ali Mohammed Gedi, stating that his government was illegitimate and that its mandate expired already.

She called on the president to come forward before the parliament and take part in resolving the deadlock within the legislative body.

"It is legal that the government should ask for confident votes from the parliament for every single judgment it is making, and it is our federal charter," she said in an interview with Shabelle on Wednesday.

There was a harsh debate in the parliament’s latest get-together on Tuesday as lawmakers were divided between supporters and opponents of the motion to deal with the government’s conclusions.

Salad Ali Jelle, Somalia deputy defense minister and lawmaker, opposed the notion, indicating that it was not the time the parliament should argue over such a motion.

"My bureau has done a great job for this country. I do not anticipate that the parliament should debate whether it must ask to keep abreast of my decisions, but I rather expect compliments from the transitional parliament," he said while addressing the legislators on Tuesday.

The parliament argument comes as the government was engaged in pacifying the volatile city, Mogadishu, where the country’s national reconciliation conference has been maintaining for the 17th day.

President Yusuf, who is currently in the semiautonomous province of Puntland in northeast Somalia, has made no comments on the issue yet.