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By Abdinasir Mohamed, editor in-chief

MOGADISHU (SUNATIMES) - The crisis over the dismissal of the prime minister of Somalia’s transitional government deepened Tuesday as the prime minister said he will not resign.

Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, the president of the weak government controlling few blocks of Somalia’s bullet-scarred capital of Mogadishu said on Monday that he would form a new cabinet soon after the parliament introduce a no-confidence motion against the government of Omar Abdirashid, the prime minister of the government.

Speaking to the reporters in the hilltop presidential palace, the prime minister said his removal by the president was violating the lawless country’s transitional charter and he wouldn’t resign.

“His claim has nothing to do with the transitional charter, i will not accept to resign” Sharmarke said in an anger low voice as some of his cabinet were sitting alongside him.

"A vote of no confidence needs 50%, there was no enough majorities causing me to resign," he added.

Sharmarke has been piling pressure on the president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed over retracting his decision of sacking him, a view rejected by the president.

Somalis fear that Somalia could descend into renewed conflict between the top leaders of the government, possibly involving regional and international players.

Analysts say Eritrea could consider this turmoil as a chance of arming rebels to penetrate the squabbling government for more violence.

The horn of Africa nation has been without central government since1991 after clan militias and warlords overthrown the dictator regime of Siad Barre that lastly leashed out to constant violence for more than 20 years.

Source: Sunatimes

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