Fahad Yasin leaves Somali capital amid political chaos

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Fahad Yasin leaves Somali capital amid political chaos

MOGADISHU, Somalia – National adviser to outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Fahad Yasin is believed to have left Mogadishu amid political tensions in the capital since Monday.

The standoff between Farmaajo and Mohamed Hussein Roble escalated sharply during the election after the latter withdrew seven members of the body contesting the elections and subsequent allegations of land grabbing against the prime minister.

Yasin, a divisive figure in Villa Somalia, has often been linked to chaos in the country, including Monday’s chaos, which came after Farmaajo announced he had suspended Prime Minister Roble’s powers, claiming that an investigation was underway into corruption charges brought against him.

The prime minister’s office denied these claims and stood firm and called on Farmaajo to step aside and allow the country to “move on”.

Fahad moved to the Décalé hotel on the airport grounds on Monday morning, from where he later left, sources said. Yasin serves as the National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA] director for nearly three years before being appointed Farmaajo’s security advisor this year.

It is not yet clear why Yasin left the country and where he went, but it comes amid a political escalation between Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble. He has close ties to Qatar, where he worked as a journalist for Al Jazeera.

Somali Security Minister Abdillahi Mohamed Nur has closed Elgaabta Road in Mogadishu, the exit from the presidential palace after the minister was hijacked from Villa Somalia. It is close to Farmaajo.

Elgabta connects La Villa Somalia with Mogadishu Airport, the only accessible road leaving President Farmaajo that can depart from the capital. The Décalé Hotel is located close to Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu.

Although it is not clear if Farmaajo has allowed him to travel outside the country. However, it has been linked with Qatar, the Horn of Africa country which is currently grappling with political instability and chaos.

Yasin was handed over to Abdullahi Farey before moving to Villa Somalia, days after being sacked by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. The prime minister accused Yasin of covering up the death of Ikran Tahilil, a young NISA agent working for the agency’s security department.

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