Two Rival Forces Occupy Positions Inside Somalia Presidential Palace, Opposition Figure Says

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A Somali police truck drive along the empty street in front of the Presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, December 28, 2021. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Two rival forces continue to occupy positions on the rooftops of Somalia President and Prime Minister’s offices inside the presidential palace, an opposition figure has said, days after alleged “coup attempt” led to a military escalation in the capital Mogadishu.

Speaking at a ceremony held to condemn “failed coup” allegedly orchestrated by Farmajo to overthrow the government, the leader of Wadajir opposition party Abdirahman Abdishakur said on Thursday that troops still remained at rival positions inside the presidential compound in Mogadishu.

Dozens of military vehicles, some fitted with artillery weapons and heavily armed troops loyal to the Prime Minister gathered outside the palace on Monday, hours after the President said he had suspended the Premier over suspected corruption, according to Reuters news agency.

The upcoming National Consultative Council meeting and the international partners should attempt to help pull back troops and remove one of the disputing strongmen from the compound if tensions were to be de-escalated, Abdishakur added.

On Thursday, a coup attempt allegedly organized by the President was denounced during a cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and ministers rallied their support behind a summit with regional leaders called by Roble to address transparency concerns on elections.

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