6 May 2014

Somalia: Somali Lawmakers to Get Two Bodyguards Each

Mogadishu — The second deputy speaker of Federal Parliament of Somalia Mahad Abdalla Awad has announced that two bodyguards will be allotted for each and every MP amid planned assassinations targeting key figures within the government, Garowe Online reports.

On Tuesday, speaking to reporters at the parliament building in Mogadishu Awad said the lawmakers in 275-seat-chamber of Somali parliament have a full right to enjoy secure environment.

"Of the 275 Members of Parliament, 33 are serving as ministers and deputy ministers and have security unit while 239 are unguarded," Awad noted with the exception of Parliament speaker and his two deputies.

He added that the government will not shoulder the responsibility if the MPs are targeted with assassinations.

Following wave of deadly attacks mainly on Federal MPs by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group, President Hassan Shiekh Mohamud's administration faced widespread opposition from both the members of the public and parliament.

More than 100 lawmakers yesterday called on Mohamud to vacate the country's top political job on the grounds of incompetence or appear before the parliament for confidence vote.

Day light challenges including military-style ambushes and killings reigned through Mogadishu where Somalia Federal Government maintains gigantic presence.

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