Somali president decried as ‘dictator’ as he moves ahead with plans to overhaul constitution


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Opposition leaders, including former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and ex-Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire branded Somali President a dictator and accused him of misappropriation of public property, Caasimada Online news website reported on Monday.

In a joint statement, former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, ex-Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and the current envoy for drought relief Abdirahman Abdishakur said the country is facing tremendous challenges and threats from Al-Shabaab, and Ethiopia.

The opposition leaders allege that the President has diverted his attention from the fight against Al-Shabaab insurgents, giving space for the militants to retake territory captured by government forces in the first phase of the offensive.

The former leaders expressed concern about the government’s strategy in countering Ethiopia’s attempts to annex parts of the country’s north, saying the President’s failure to appoint foreign and security ministers is a telltale sign that authorities are not serious about preventing Abiy Ahmed’s aggression.

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