11 May 2014

Somalia: Mogadishu Residents Stage Pro-President Hassan Rally

Mogadishu — Hundreds of people took to the streets in Mogadishu in support of Federal Government of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud amid calls for resignation from over 100 lawmakers in the parliament, Garowe Online reports.

The participants at the rally have made protest march from sixteen districts in Mogadishu, chanting pro-President slogans and hoisting banners shedding light on what is being described the achievements of Mohamud's administration.

The crowds gathered at Banadir Football Stadium in Mogadishu's Abdiaziz district for public speeches.

Banadir regional administration organized the rally and the security forces cordoned off the roads leading from Villa Somalia Presidential compound to Banadir stadium.

"We gathered here to express our displeasure about the motion of no confidence, Federal MPs have dignity among Somali people and they have a full right to either impeach or leave the president," Mohamud's supporter shouted.

Cabinet Ministers and some legislators joined the protesters in voicing support for the embattled Somali president.

More than one-third of the 275-seat-chamber of Somali parliament want to vote President Mohamud out of office after he failed to deliver on his promises during the country's latest presidential elections in September 2012.

The no-confidence motion against President Hassan reportedly gained momentum, with backers of the challenge lobbying for the acquisition of overwhelming majority.

Mogadishu security situation remains extremely volatile as Al Shabaab is capable of launching deadly rampages in broad day lights.

Parliamentarians and the members of the public accuse President Mohamud of being loath when it comes to federalization and security matters- claims categorically denied by the presidency.


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