11 May 2014

Somalia: Mogadishu Residents Protest the Motion Calling On the President to Resign

A massive public demonstration that has been organized by the Benadir Regional Administration is currently going on in Mogadishu. Hundreds of residents have taken to the streets with banners and boards with pictures of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud pledging their support to him.

Dozens of citizens from districts across Mogadishu have convened at Konis football stadium in Abdiaziz district including government officials and district commissioners. The Governor of Benadir & Mayor of Mogadishu General Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab has led the delegation of the regional administration by attending the demonstration protesting the motion to oust the President of the Somali Federal Republic.

Children, women and civil society groups are all in attendance in bright blue garments and cheerful spirits. Musicians have prepared songs complementing the government that has been blasting at Konis stadium.

Over 100 legislators have called on President Hassan Sheikh to tender his resignation but after refusing, they vowed to hold a vote of confidence in parliament to determine whether his leadership is fit to continue until the end of duration of his term in 2016.

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