The Federal Government of Somalia on Monday banned Sahan Research Institute hours after a Washington Post story quoted it's head questioning Mogadishu's apparent interference in the South West State elections.
"Ministry of Internal Security bans Sahan Research from engaging any activity in the country" a statement from the Ministry partly read.
"Sahan is accused of being involved in activities harmful to the stability, national security, sovereignty and unity of Somalia" it added.
"This looks very much like the federal government trying to exercise its will against the wishes of its member states," Matt Bryden Director of Sahan Research is quoted in the Washington Post story that was critical over the arrest of South West State presidential candidate Mukhtar Robow
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"I don't see a negotiated way out of this" Bryden told Washington Post in the article titled "Somalia scrambles to prevent al-Shabab's former No. 2 from running for office"
Sahan Research and Development Organization (SRDO) has been operating in Somalia since it's establishment 2002.
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