Somalia's parliament has ordered the government to suspend several security and infrastructure contracts with foreign companies.
Parliament asked for the suspension Thursday because the government entered into the contracts without seeking parliamentary approval, says Deputy Speaker Abdiwali Mudey.
Parliament granted the prime minister a month to investigate the contracts.
One of the contracts debated Thursday concerns a Uganda-based company, Saracen International. Some say it is involved in a controversial program to train and fund anti-piracy forces in Somalia.
But the chief executive has denied his company is involved and says it is another company with the same name.