Somalia’s interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi

Somalia’s interim Prime Minister said that the war-torn country could return to a state of civil war if his government was ousted. Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi, made the comment while speaking at a hotel in the southwestern town of Baidoa Saturday, where a group of his supporters including lawmakers and Cabinet ministers gathered.

“The ongoing efforts might lead to civil war again,” Gedi said. Two days ago 22 cabinet ministers threatened to resign on the accord that they wanted a vote of no confidence for Gedi in parliament. But the Gedi and his supporters opposed the motion and claimed that his term in office expires in 2009.“A bad government is better than no government therefore it is best that the men backing the motion against my administration stop their efforts,” Gedi also said.The dispute between Gedi and Somali President, Abdullah Yussuf Ahmed, which largely divides the Ethiopian-backed transitional government, reached its climax when both the top ranking dignitaries reached Baidoa town which is the base of the federal government.RK/MMN