Mogadishu(Mogadishu24)-Puntland State on Saturday night announced a tough decision aimed at withdrawing recognition and confidence in the Federal Government of Somalia, following Parliament’s approval of parts of proposed amendments into the provisional constitution.

Information Minister for Puntland State, Mohamud Aidid Dirir said in a press conference that the Parliament’s move violated all agreements, safeguarding unity of the country based on federal system.

The decision came hours after the Somalia’s bicameral Parliament passed the 1st four chapters of proposed amendments into the constitution which included election model, political parts and President’s power to appoint or fire prime minister without confidence.

Former Somali Presidents, Prime Ministers and politicians also expressed their opposition to the controversial move by the Federal Parliament while they accused President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of opting new constitution.

“We collectively reject the new constitution and recognize the provisional constitution consisting of 15 chapters and 143 articles. We will never accept a constitution altered to fulfill the perverse desire and will of the Presidency”, Former Prime Minsters, Hassan Ali Khaire, Omar Abdirashid and Abdirahman A. Shakur said in a joint statement.

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