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HirShabelle state President Ali Abdullahi Osoble fired

The President of the newly formed HirShabell Administration Ali Abdullahi Osoble addresses guests during his inauguration ceremony held in Jowhar on October 22, 2016. UN-Photo-Ilyas-Ahmed

HirShabelle President Ali Abdullahi Osoble has been relieved of his duties as state president following an impeachment motion by the state assembly Monday afternoon.

The legislators in a majority vote-68 sent home the embattled leader barely a day after 13 of his ministers quit and joined the impeachment campaign. Only two MPs voted against the motion while six abstained.

Effectively, deputy President Ali Abdullahi Hussein was announced acting President by House deputy speaker Anaab Ahmed Isse

Osoble came into office October 17 following an election victory in which he garnered 61 votes while his closes contender Mohamed Abdi Waare managed 36 votes.

Osoble has had run ins with the state assembly in the past few months and a fall out with his ministers sealed his fate yesterday.

The lawmakers had in the motion accused Osoble of violating the state constitution, failing to consult them in key decisions and abuse of office. They noted since the state was formed last year, there had been no meaningful economic developments.

Osoble announced a 52 member cabinet February 20 among them three female ministers-one minister and two deputies.

HirShabelle State was formed October last year bringing together Hiiraan and Shabelle regions.