He was on his way to UK for treatment but needed urgent attention.
Somalia: Country’s Aging President Off to UK for Medical Treatment
Garowe Online (Garowe)
4 December 2007
Posted to the web 4 December 2007
A high-level Somali government delegation led by President Abdullahi Yusuf departed from the southwestern city of Baidoa Tuesday en route to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
President Yusuf’s delegation included his recently appointed Prime Minister, Col. Nur “Adde” Hassan Hussein.
A diplomat in Nairobi said President Yusuf met with doctors there and reportedly agreed to travel to London to see his regular doctor for further medical evaluation.
The president, who is said to be in his mid 70s, suffers from fatigue and complications from a past liver transplant.
His medical trip to London postponed a planned trip to Ethiopia, where United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is leading the push towards the completion of an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force to replace Ethiopian troops backing Yusuf’s weak government in Somalia.
Instead, Prime Minister Nur Adde will represent the president in talks with U.S. and AU officials in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Nur Adde’s first foreign trip as Somali premier comes at a sensitive time, with parliament divided about ratifying his new Cabinet, many of whose members are old Cabinet ministers.
At least four Cabinet ministers resigned from their posts today, and a fifth deputy minister categorically refused to accept his appointment in front of President Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur Adde, according to parliament sources.