Somalia’s parliament removed Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a no-confidence vote on Saturday.
This came at the heels of a power struggle between him and the president.
Khaire and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed have been tussling over whether to delay a national election due in February next year.
The prime minister favoured the election togo ahead and the president favouring postponement.
President Mohamed elevated deputy prime minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled to prime minister in an acting capacity, as need for continuity of government programmes in imperative.
The president’s allies have also accused Khaire of failing to stabilise the security situation.
Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman, the speaker of parliament said the government failed in its promise on the preparation of a clear plan for the one man, one vote election as he referred to the first direct election since civil war erupted in the country in 1991.
Somalia has been holding elections through representatives like elders in the past decade, due to insecurity caused by al Shabaab militants in most areas.
Mohamed Abukar Islow, the internal security minister and a key ally of Khaire, accused the speaker and the president of plotting to remove the prime minister to extend their terms.
He described the minister’s ouster as “a dark day”.
He argued the move was unconstitutional due to the requirement that an election be held every four years.
Khaire, a former oil company executive, was not immediately available for a comment.
The president pledged to hold “a satisfactory election” within the schedule, but the Forum of National Parties (FPN), a leading opposition grouping, was sceptical.
FPN believed the president is breeding political chaos that will be difficult to manage and warns against any attempt aimed at term extension.
Rashid Abdi, an independent analyst, said Khaire’s removal was inevitable because of differences with the president and the prime minister’s ambition to be president one day.