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Somali allies are wary as the political crisis worsens

Somali allies yesterday warned of an intensifying line between the country’s president and prime minister, fearing that heavily armed groups patrol parts of Mogadishu and the political crisis could turn into violence. Expressed.
Soldiers loyal to the prime minister take office near the presidential palace the day after President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed, well known as Pharmaho, announces the suspension of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who accused him of “attempting a coup”. did.
The relationship between the two has been cold for a long time, but recent developments have raised concerns about Somalia’s stability as Somalia has held long-delayed elections and struggled to fight the jihadist rebellion. Yesterday, pro-Roble troops paraded the streets, fueling fear among Mogadishu residents who were fed up with armed clashes. “They are not far from the main security checkpoints in the presidential residence. They are armed with heavy machine guns and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades),” resident Saido Takemin told AFP.
Another local, Abdukadir Ahmed, said the situation seemed calm but was “really worried” about the possibility of violence.
International observers are urging both sides to resolve escalating conflicts, and some traditional Somali elders and politicians are trying to calm their temper. “Some politicians and elders have begun to go back and forth between the two to make things worse, but these efforts have yet to come up with a formal solution,” a Cheong Wa Dae source said. rice field. Anonymous.
The Bureau of African Affairs of the US State Department warned on Monday that Washington is “ready to act against those who block the path to peace in Somalia.”
“The attempt to stop @MohamedHRoble is alarming and we support his swift and credible election efforts. All parties must stop escalating actions and statements,” Twitter said. Stated.
Pharmaho accused Roble of interfering with the investigation into the land-stealing case and withdrew his task of organizing elections. Roble then accused Pharmaho of executing a “coup on government, constitution, and national rules” and attempting to thwart the vote.
International observers and allies, including Somalia’s African Union Mission (AMISOM), the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, issued a statement late Monday expressing “deep concern” about the crisis. “We urge Somali leaders to put national interests first, ease growing political tensions, and refrain from provocations and the use of force that could undermine peace and stability,” the statement said. ..
“International partners have repeatedly expressed concern about procedural irregularities and delays in the Somali election process.”
In April, Pharmaho tried to extend his term without a new election, causing a deadly shootout in Mogadishu. Roble then mediated a new schedule for voting, but in the months that followed, the fierce competition between the pairs again upset the vote.
They only agreed to fill the hatchery in October and issued a unified call to accelerate the glacier election process.
Somali elections follow a complex indirect model. Approximately 30,000 clan representatives are assigned to the House of Representatives to elect 275 members, and five legislatures elect Senators to the Senate. Both houses will then vote for the next president. House of Councilors elections have ended in all states, and House of Representatives voting began in early November. However, the appointment of the president still seems to be a long way off.
Analysts say the election impasse is distracting from Somalia’s bigger problems, especially the Al Shebarb rebellion.
Al Qaeda’s allies were expelled from Mogadishu 10 years ago, but remain in control of the countryside and continue to make deadly attacks in the capital and elsewhere.

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