Somalia’s foreign minister suspended over “corruption”

The minister was a key ally to Farmajo as he served as a presidential national security advisor and chief of staff at Villa Somalia for almost four years.

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Somalia’s foreign minister suspended over “corruption”

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Foreign Affairs Minister of Somalia Abdisaid Muse Ali, a close ally of Farmajo, has been suspended for corruption, taking advantage of the country's ongoing transition.

A statement from the prime minister's office has confirmed the suspension which came after the minister had released a ship carrying charcoal from Somalia detained at a port of Oman.

PM Roble said the minister's move was illegal and contrary to a UN Security Council resolution banning Somalia's charcoal exports in 2012 months after Al-Shabaab was driven out of Kismayo city.

The minister is currently under scrutiny and his corruption case will be submitted to the court for prosecution, according to a statement from the prime minister obtained by Keydmedia Somali service.

The prime minister has rescinded the minister's decision to release a ship carrying the illicit charcoal to the Gulf states. This comes a day after Farmajo left Villa Somalia and handed over the power.

The minister was a key ally to Farmajo as he served as a presidential national security advisor and chief of staff at Villa Somalia for almost four years. He is now in trouble with no defense.

Abdisaid who hails from Puntland is one of the most corrupt ministers in Roble's cabinet, according to the sources. He has been serving as a minister of foreign affairs since November 2021.

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