The president of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf has resigned from office condeming himself for his inability to bring unity, faith, peace and progress to a country in dire need of stability and control.
In his speech to the members of parliament, the president said, “As I promised when you elected me on October 14, 2004, I would stand down if I failed to fulfil my duty, I have decided to return the responsibility you gave me.”
It is reported that the parliament speaker would take over leadership responsibilities for the mean time.
When he took power four years ago, President Abdullahi Yusuf pledged that he will do everything in his power to make government work across the country and that he would resign if he was unable to fulfil his duty.
He also asked the leaders to co-operate with him for the common good of the people.
Many observers have hailed president Abdulahi Yususf as a man of his words and a man who wishes the best for the country by virtue of his hands-off on power.
According to history, not many African leaders will willingly give up power for reasons of self criticism, like President Abdullahi Yusuf.
The news of his resignation comes a few days after the resignation of the recently appointed prime minister, Mr. Mohamed Mahamud Guled, who also quit in self-criticism.
Meanwhile, experts have expressed fears that the resignation which coincides with the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops may add to the chaos and even raise rebel attacks in the country as the AU troops are less capable in dealing with advancing insurgents.
Earlier reports from the African Union claimed that the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops would be delayed until January fifth, when more AU reinforcement troops arrive in Somalia.
It is reported that clashes between the Ethiopia-backed government and Somali insurgents has left some one million people homeless and much of Mogadishu deserted.