International Community Asks Somalia’s Opposition to Call off Protest


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The International Community has intervened in opposition planned anti-government protest scheduled to take place in the capital Mogadishu, after the term of Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo expired last week amid deadlock over elections.

Members of the country’s international partners urged the opposition to call off the protest, Caasimada Online website reported on Wednesday. They also arranged a virtual meeting with the opposition to discuss the current situation of Somalia after delayed elections plunged the country into political uncertainty.

“We expect a meeting between the opposition and the international community to be held soon to discuss the protest that the intentional community has demanded to be called off,” a member of the Somali opposition told the website.

The international community has raised fears that the protest might trigger violence and unrest in the capital as the government is expected to use force in foiling the opposition attempt, according to opposition figures interviewed by Caasimada Online.

There has been fear of violence and clashes between the opposition supporters and government troops as the current administration is planning efforts to break up Friday’s protest.

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