Somalia’s Government and Opposition Agree to Demilitarize Capital

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s prime minister and opposition leaders have agreed in a meeting held in Mogadishu on Wednesday to withdraw army mutineers from the capital within 48 hours, in what authorities say are last-ditch efforts aimed at bringing an end to pre-election standoff.

In a 10-point deal, the two sides agreed that recent clashes which racked the capital last week will not affect the salaries and ranks of the soldiers who were involved.

The government will address complaints by soldiers whose salaries were suspended and those who were fired during a recent uptick in violence in the capital Mogadishu.

Somali prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who has only recently took over election responsibility, is required to order armed forces top brass not to get involved in politics and to avoid giving orders that might to lead to instability.

According to the agreement, the disputing sides ought to refrain from making statements that may incite violence or hatred. Armed forces will not be used for political objectives, as part of an effort aimed to ease tensions in the capital.

The agreement comes weeks after violence gripped Somalia’s strife-torn capital over an extension of outgoing president and parliament’s terms, though it has later been rolled back following pressure from the international community.

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