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ONLF and Qalbi-Dhagah welcome Somali Cabinet’s decision removing them from terrorist list

Mogadishu (SD) – Somalia’s cabinet meeting yesterday approved the reversal of an earlier decision by the Council of Ministers in 2017, which recognized the ONLF as a terrorist organization, following the handover of a member of the group, Abdikarin Muse Qalbi-Dhagah, to Ethiopia.

Qalbi-Dhagah whose betrayal has been widely criticized by Somalis, and other prisoners were later released by Ethiopian government, following the takeover of the country by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The leadership of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has welcomed the decision by the Somali Cabinet to withdraw its decision to declare the ONLF a terrorist organization in 2017, and acknowledge it was a mistake to hand over Abdikarin Muse Qalbi-Dhagah to the Ethiopian government.

ONLF spokesman Adani Hirmoge described the decision by the Somali government as long-awaited and meaningful for the Somali people.

“The decision of the Somali Federal Government is a historic and much-awaited milestone, encouraging the brotherhood of the Somali people,” said the ONLF spokesman.

Abdikarin Sheikh Muse Qalbi-Dhagah also welcomed the decision by the Somali cabinet to remove him and the ONLF from the terrorist list.

“The previous mistake is corrected by the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, and we welcome it. This mistake has been committed against the entire Somali people, and it is gratifying that it was corrected today,” said Qalbi-Dhagah.

The cabinet decision comes at a time of intense disagreement between outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and caretaker Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.

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