Parliament Approves Sacking of Chief Justice

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In a joint Guurti – MPs’ session with 124 members in attendance from a total quorum of 164

By: Yusuf M Hasan

Hargeisa (THT) The president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo is now expected to appoint a person to the office of Somaliland Chef Justice.

This approval was necessitated by presidential decree #JSL/M/XERM/249-3197/042015 In which the head of state removed Yusuf Ismail Ali from  the Somaliland Chief Justice,  a constitutional office thence the special joint session of Guurti and House of Representatives, the upper and lower chambers of Parliament respectively.

Of the 124 elders from Guurti and MP’s of the House of Representatives 80 aye was cast and 32 Nay while  12 abstained from voting thus accepting the disposal of current Chief  Justice and subsequent appointment of replacement who shall similarly require a legislative YES stamp.

Though the presidency in Hargeisa  is tight lipped on those under consideration for CJ rumours circulating indicate  top contenders for the office to be three prominent lawyers one of whom is a lecturer, another in Parliament while the third is still in active legal practice namely.

  • Aden Hajji Ali a lecturer at the Institute of Conflict Resolutions Hargeisa University.
  •  Dr Mohamed Mahmud Hashi and
  •  Member of Parliament Mohamed Jama Abdi.

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