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Omar Filish meets ex-president to help him demilitarise Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (SD) – President Mohamed Farmaajo has bowed to local and international pressure to annul term extension but still fights for survival with the latest move to convince the opposition being the dispatch of Mogadishu mayor to engage one of the opposition leaders in Mogadishu.

Mogadishu mayor, Omar Mohamud Filish has visited home of former Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Mogadishu barely four days after the parliament cancelled Farmajo’s term extension.

The two discussed the recent crisis in the capital and the need for the restoration of peace in the city by making demilitarised zone, according to sources privy to the meeting.

Filish reportedly asked Sharif to spearhead efforts to remove pro-opposition forces out of the capital

No official statement over the outcome of the meeting was issued.

Somali capital had past week witnessed deadly clashes between Somali troops and opposition forces following last month’s parliament decision to extend mandate of president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo by two years.

Following international pressure, Farmaajo last Saturday appeared before the parliament to ask cancellation of the term and the decision to extend his term was rescinded.

Farmaajo tasked Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble with leading the country’s preparation for the delayed elections.

Roble on Monday invited the leaders of the country’s regional state leaders to attend a consultative conference which kick off on 22nd of this month.

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