Embattled Spy Chief resigned and was appointed senior national security advisor to the President, Farmajo’s spokesperson says.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmajo has appointed embattled former Spy Chief Fahad Yassin as his senior national security advisor.
Mr. Yassin, who was the head of the National Intelligence and Service Agency (NISA), is at the center of a controversy surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a spy agent.
Farmajo’s spokesman Abdirashid M Hashi on Tuesday said the President had “accepted” Mr. Yassin’s resignation and redeployed him.
Yassin Abdullahi Mohamud, the head of NISA in Banadir region (the capital Mogadishu and surrounding areas), has been appointed acting director of NISA.
The decree did not refer to the missing agent Ikran Tahlil, but stated that, through the changes, the president was acting in the interest of developing and stabilizing the security sector.
“As such, the president accepts the resignation by Fahad Yassin and praises the immense work done by the former NISA director.”
Mr. Yassin is in the eye of the storm over the disappearance in June of Ms. Tahlil, whom NISA last week said was abducted and killed by Al-Shabaab.
Her family rejected NISA’s explanation, and militants denied the accusations.
Prime Minister Hussein Roble on Saturday suspended Yassin. Hours later, Farmajo overturned the suspension.
Following Mr. Yassin’s resignation claim, Mr. Roble on Wednesday accused Farmajo of jeopardizing the investigation into 25-year-old Tahlil’s disappearance.
Although the president’s spokesperson said Mr. Yassin had resigned, PM Roble said he welcomes “the move by the president in accepting the suspension.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Somalia’s International Partners (SIP), a grouping of major multilateral organizations and a host of countries, expressed concern that the controversy over the disappearance of Ms. Tahlil was creating political tensions that could affect the functioning of the Federal Government of Somalia and disrupt the electoral process.
SIP signatories to the letter include the African Union, United Nations, European Union, United Kingdom, and the United States.
“We urge Somali leaders to de-escalate the political confrontation surrounding this investigation and, in particular, avoid any actions that could lead to violence,” the statement said.
“We call on Somalia’s leaders to work together to advance the implementation of the 27 May  agreement toward the holding of elections.”
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