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Somalia: President Farmajo booed at Parliment

Mogadishu (SD) – The Somali Federal President attended the seventh Session of the two Houses of the Federal Parliament opens on Saturday in Villa Hargeisa, Mogadishu.

The President of the Federal Government of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo who addressed the session was met with booing and chanting of the lawmakers, some of whom were shouting anti Farmajo slogans.

The lawmakers who spoke to the media in Mogadishu, accused President Farmajo of ignoring the major issues he was expected to address and violated the country’s constitution.

“Not talking about the security of the country, not talking about the doctors who were assassinated in Gololey, not talking about constitutional issues, and non-AMISOM Ethiopian troops being deployed to regional administrations, that is why MPs were booing” said Hassan Yare, an opposition MP.

He added that the president is using the country’s resources and national forces to disrupt regional administrations.

The president responded by saying that the Somali government continuously paid wages and provided free education to 65 students, sparking much debate about how small the figure was, but was later corrected by a statement from Villa Somalia stating that it meant 65,000.

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