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Somalia: Hizbul Islam Disagree Over New Governor for Hiran

A decision by Somalia's Hizbul Islam faction to establish a new administration for central Somali region of Hiiran and subsequently appoint a new governor has been met with stiff opposition from individuals within the group.

Sheikh Abdullahi Usman 'Qorey', a Hizbul Islam official in Beleweyne, the provincial capital of Hiiran termed the decision as unconstitutional and one that is meant to please a clan in the region.

"Hiiran region does not have any administration since the former governor left the group. We must all agree on the formation of a new administration for the region," he said.

On Monday, Muse Abdi Arale, Hizbul Islam's Defense Secretary and Sheikh Abdullahi Hiiraan, another top Hizbul Islam official announced the appointment of Sheikh Shuriye Farah Sabriye as the new governor.

However, Sheikh Abdullahi Qorey said the new governor has committed atrocities against the fighters

"Shuriye is a killer, he committed several atrocities against the mujahidins," he charged.

Early this month, the group took control of Beledweyne, a strategic central Somali town that borders Ethiopia and used as supply route for central Somalia.

The Horn of African nation has been marred by two decades of civil strife that started after the ouster Former President Mohammed Siad Bare in 1991.

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