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Opposition calls for new rally on February 26

MOGADISHU (SD) – Demonstrations against President Mohamed Farmajo whose term in office lapsed early this month will continue until elections take place in the Horn of Africa nation, opposition leaders vowed on Monday.

In a press conference in Mogadishu, leaders of Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) called on their supporters to gather at Monument of the Unknown Soldiers in Mogadishu next Friday.

Sheikh Sharif , the chairperson of CPC said they will continue the protests until Farmaajo is kicked out of the office.

“We hereby confirm that protests will take place in Mogadishu. We call on the public to participate in the rally which will take place on Friday at Daljirka-Dahsoon (the monument of the unknown soldier),” he said.


Distancing the opposition from former military commander Yusuf Indha-Ade’s recent comment, Sheikh Sharif said that the remarks by Indha-ade do not reflect the views of the opposition.

‘The Federal Government should not translate comments by an individual (referring Indha-ade) to mean that of the opposition,” he said.

Last week, forces loyal to Yussuf Siad Indha-Adde took control of The Unknown Soldier monument, prompting fierce gunfire with the government forces.

Indha-ade called for insurrection to topple the federal government of Somalia led by president Mohamed Abdullahi.

Jubbaland and Puntland

Abdirahman Abdishakur lauded Puntland and Jubbaland for their stance in refusing to attend the electoral talks with Farmajo in Mogadishu.

Jubaland and Puntland leaders are yet to arrive in Mogadishu to attend the highly anticipated summit aimed at ending the political crisis revolving around the implementation of the 17 September election agreement.

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