17 January 2007

Somalia: Warlords Finally Surrender Their Arms to the Somali TFG

Mogadishu — Somalia's warlords, Mohammed Qanyare Afrah, Musse Sudi Yallahow and Hussein Mohammed Farah Aided, have surrendered their arms to the transitional federal government in an occasion ceremony held in the capital Mogadishu.

The surrender of weapons took place at Mohammed Qanyare's Dayniile base in the capital where Qanyare officially handed about 30 armed vehicles over to the interim government military officials present in the area.

About 600 tribal militias were also placed under the control of the government for training and rehabilitation.

Musse Sudi Yallahow, who is also a warlord and MP, surrendered his battlewagons and militias to the federal government.

Hussein Aided is reported to have given up two armored vehicles as the government commander-in-chief Gen. Ismail Kasim Naji received the arms.

The news comes minutes after the Somali parliament voted in majority to get rid of the House Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden, who is currently lingering in Rome, Italy.

Osman Elmi Boqore, the second speaker who chaired the parliament session in Baidoa on Tuesday, announced that 183 MPs voted to oust the assembly speaker Aden, while nine voted against the motion.

The Speaker who was contacted by Shabelle said he the motion against him was invalid "The country is illegally occupied by Ethiopia and the MPs were probably forced to vote against me", he said.

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