Puntland parliament Speaker removed in impeachment vote

Puntland parliament members have voted out the Speaker of the assembly, Abdihakim Mohamed Ahmed, on Thursday 7 November.

Of the 53 members present for the session, 49 members voted to remove the Speaker while four members abstained.

The motion was earlier submitted by 44 members to the regional assembly to move forward.

No comment from the ousted Speaker so far.

The members accused him of instigating instability in the semi-autonomous state in North Eastern Somalia.

Four people were killed when police officers clashed with security guards attached to the Puntland parliament on Wednesday night.