The United States has called for calm in Somalia after the country’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo suspended the powers of Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble, who is under investigation for corruption.
PM Roble is accused of stealing land owned by the Somali National Army and of interfering with a defence ministry investigation.
The PM has yet to comment on the suspension but Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the government spokesman said the president’s action was unconstitutional and that Roble would continue with his duties.
The U.S. Embassy urged de-escalation from both sides.
“We strongly urge Somalia’s leaders to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions in Mogadishu, refrain from provocative actions and avoid violence,” it said on Twitter.