14 May 2009

Somalia: Government Resigns Military Commander

Mogadishu — Farhan Ali Mohamud, the information minister of the transitional government has held a press conference in the prime minister's house on Thursday and said that the military commander of the Somali government General Said Dere was resigned.

Mr. Farhan told the reporters after meeting held in the PM's house in Mogadishu by the ministers saying that General Said Mohamed Hersi known as (Said Dhere) was resigned adding that his post was appointed by Yusuf Hussein Dumal, the deputy police commander of Somalia.

The information minister of Somalia Mr. Farhan Ali Mohamud also said that Mr. Said Dere was appointed to be the security secretary of the Somali president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

On the other hand Mr. Farhan Ali Mohamud said that Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, the Islamist opposition leader of Somalia wants to overthrow the transitional government of Somlia led by president Sharif Sheik Ahmed.

The minister said lastly that the last 8th day fighting in Mogadishu died at least 103 people injuring 420 saying that most of the those people were civilians referring to hospital sources adding that more than 18,000 civilians displaced from their houses for the result of heavy shelling and gunfire in the capital Mogadishu.

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