31 August 2013

Somalia: Hundreds in Baidoa Protest Against Federal Govt

Baidoa — Hundreds of people took to the streets in Bay regional capital of Baidoa on Saturday against recently signed agreement between Federal Government of Somalia and Jubba Interim Administration, Garowe Online reports.

The anti government rally was organized by Bay regional administration and traditional elders and it commenced with demonstrators hoisting banners that read "anti government slogans".

Addressing the crowd Malaq Ali Mumin, a well known traditional elder said, "We have withdrawn our support from the Somali Federal government in Mogadishu, we call on parliamentarians and other federal government officials hailing from this region to come back".

Following growing tensions between Federal Government of Somalia and Bay and Bakool communities, a meeting held in Baidoa last Thursday by intellectuals and traditional elders announced that federal government officials are barred from arriving in Bay region.

In response to that decision, some Bay and Bakool parliamentarians urged the local communities and traditional elders to exercise responsibility.

The government led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud signed an agreement with the current leader of Jubba Interim Administration Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) on 28 August in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

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