US Africa Chief Calls Somali PM Roble as Opposition Demands Farmaajo Resign for 'Coup'
H.E Prime Minister @MohamedHRoble today had a telephone conversation with US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly Phee where the subject of discussions revolved around the political, security and electoral situation in the country. pic.twitter.com/8AqGKvFhqk— SomaliPM (@SomaliPM) December 29, 2021
A day prior, her office adopted a far more bellicose tone, saying "the US is prepared to act against those who obstruct Somalia's path to peace" and indicating its support for Roble.
Over the weekend, Roble made several moves seen as attempting to roadblock that probe, including shuffling the Justice and Defence ministry portfolios around and ordering the suspension of the Somali Coast Guard commander, Gen. Abdihamid Mohamed Dirir, the officer who brought the accusations against him. In response, Farmaajo attempted to suspend Roble's powers on Monday, claiming he was "linked with corruption".
"The council demands that Farmaajo vacate Villa Somalia immediately to bring an end to disruptions and plots he continues to orchestrate inside the state house", the opposition politicians said in a Tuesday statement, according to the Somali Guardian.
"President Kenyatta and I spoke today about the urgency of a cessation of hostilities to resolve the escalating conflict in Ethiopia and the need for Somali leaders to conclude elections as soon as possible and to act with restraint", Blinken tweeted.
Farmaajo's government has long been a partner of the US in East Africa, where US Africa Command has waged a 14-year-long war against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda* affiliate, although US military involvement in Somalia dates to the early 1990s.