African Union urges conflicting Somali leaders to hold talks

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African Union urges conflicting Somali leaders to hold talks

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union Commission has urged outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and suspended Prime Minister Hussein Roble from holding talks following a conflict between the two.

Farmaajo suspended Roble’s powers on December 27 and sent troops to his office, accusing his former ally of corruption as part of a land deal with the national military. Roble denies any wrongdoing.

The Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, “calls for the utmost restraint and calls for the continuation of commitments and dialogue between the President and the Prime Minister in order to find a political solution to the current situation”, he said Thursday in a statement on Twitter.

The call comes in the wake of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s expression on Tuesday of his country’s opposition to Mohamed’s actions. Tensions between Mohamed, widely known as Farmajo, and Roble have been escalating for months.

Earlier this year, Farmajo decided to strip the prime minister of his powers amid a standoff over the president’s handling of the murder of Ikran Tahlil, 24, a cybersecurity expert at the National Intelligence and Security Agency. from Somalia. Roble accused Farmajo of obstructing an investigation into Tahlil’s disappearance in June, and a five-member panel established to seek justice in the case found no one guilty of his death.

Rising political tensions in the Horn of Africa country could allow the al-Shabab terrorist group, which wants to impose its version of Islamic law on the country and has been leading an insurgency since 2006, to take advantage of a power vacuum in an already unstable region.

The AU has deployed its Amisom peacekeeping force in Somalia since 2007 to fight al-Shabab in an attempt to strengthen the government and maintain stability. The continental group reiterated its commitment to step up support to ensure lasting peace and stability, Mahamat said.

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