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Somali president decides to resign - Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source

Somali president decides to resign - Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source
Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has decided to resign and is expected to announce his departure on Saturday, his spokesperson said.

The announcement came shortly after the resignation of a politician he named prime minister last week, who said he did not want to be an obstacle to peace in the Horn of Africa nation.

"The president has already written his resignation letter and he is expected to announce it on the coming Saturday," said Hussein Mohamed Mohamud, a presidential spokesperson.

"It is not good for me to predict or explain his reasons for resigning. President Yusuf will explain everything when he resigns."

Yusuf appointed Mohamed Mohamud Guled after sacking Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein earlier this month, but Parliament and the international community backed Hussein, effectively leaving the already weak government with two prime ministers.

The president has since come un…