Somalia sacks foreign affairs minister over statement on Ethiopian conflict

Somalia this week sacked its foreign minister over a statement on the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble issued an executive decree removing Ahmed Issa Awad from the post of foreign affairs minister.

Roble appointed Mohamed Abdirizak Abukar to lead the foreign ministry.

A statement released by Information Minister Osman Dube to the state media confirmed the changes in the foreign affairs portfolio.

Awad’s dismissal appears closely related to a statement released on the official Twitter account of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the ongoing conflict between the Federal Government of Ethiopia and its rebel Tigray region.