Opposition Says Farmajo Must Vacate Villa Somalia, Face Charges Over ‘Coup Attempt’

Somalia opposition

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s embattled President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed must vacate the presidential compound in Mogadishu, the Council of Presidential Candidates, a conglomerate of opposition parties said on Tuesday, also demanding criminal charges against him over an “attempted coup”.

It came a day after the Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said he had survived a coup attempt arranged by the President, hours after power struggle between the two men escalated over an attempted suspension of the Premier’s powers.

The council demands that Farmajo vacate Villa Somalia immediately to bring an end to disruptions and plots he continues to orchestrate inside the state house,” opposition leaders said in a statement on Tuesday, condemning an alleged attempt by the President to seize power through military force.

The council asks for quick investigation to be launched and charges be filed against Farmajo and others who aided him in that coup.”

A spokesman for Somali President on Monday dismissed claims by the Prime Minister that Farmajo had organized coup to overthrow government and that troops had been deployed to take over Roble’s office.

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