Somalia’s president fires Mogadishu deputy mayor in purge against Farmajo allies

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Sunday dismissed the deputy mayor of Mogadishu Ali Yare in an intensifying purge aimed to cleanse government institutions of the supporters of his predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Mohamud appointed Mohamed Ahmed Diriye as the new deputy mayor of Mogadishu for politics and security to replace Ali Yare. He also named Eise Mohamud Gure as the administration and finance deputy mayor, Abdiasis Osman Mohamed as the deputy mayor for social affairs and Hassan Mohamed Jima’ale as the deputy mayor for public affairs.

All the new appointees come from the president’s party. Earlier, the mayor of Mogadishu picked Mohamud’s supporters as commissioners of several districts in the capital.

More recently, there have been local media reports that the President is planning to sack police and military chiefs, who were named and are accused of being loyal to his predecessor, after an offensive against Al-Shabaab in the central regions of Hiran and Hirshabelle has paused.

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