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Somali legislature: ‘Illegal bid to sell oil blocks’

NAIROBI –Somalia’s upper house of parliament has censured the petroleum ministry of attempting to illegally auction off the country’s oil blocks.

The petroleum minister, Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, is due to attend an event in London on Thursday where he says the results of seismic surveys will be presented.

He denies that any bidding will take place.

However, the director-general of the same ministry, Karar Shukri Doomey, had earlier told the media that the Somali government was inviting bids for offshore oil blocks at the London event.

The parliament’s National Resource Committee says the laws have not yet been passed to allow for the sale of any oil blocks.

Opposition parties say Somalia risks an imminent resource curse if licenses are given out. 000000

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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