From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 14:39:07 EST
Gov't soldiers attack Mogadishu mayor
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 19:30:43 GMT
Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Osman Dhagah-tuur
Heavy fighting between forces loyal to Somali president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and the Mogadishu mayor guards has left seven people killed.
Clashes began when the President's sldiers attacked Mogadishu's newly appointed mayor, Mohamed Osman Dhagah-tuur and police spokesman Abdullahi Hassan Barrise, Press TV's Somalia correspondent reported.
At least six soldiers from the guards of the Mogadishu mayor and a high-ranking officer from soldiers loyal to the president were killed during the fighting.
Internal strife within the Somali government as well as runaway insurgency has left the country embattled since the ouster of former dictator president Muhammad Siad Barre in 1991.
Meanwhile, Ugandan military spokesman Maj. Paddy Ankunda said on Wednesday that Kampala had no plans to withdraw its peacekeeping troops from Somalia before the current African Union (AU) mandate expires early next year.
The announcement comes four days after Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein said more foreign troops should be deployed to Somalia to replace Ethiopian soldiers, who are due to leave Somalia at the end of the year.
'Somali Parliament will OK new cabinet'
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:33:00 GMT
Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein says he expects lawmakers to approve a new cabinet list he has submitted to the Parliament.
Speaking at a Wednesday press conference in Baidoa, South of Mogadishu, Hussein said that lawmakers will approve the new list, regardless of the Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed's refusal to support the new cabinet.
Hussein also accused the president of blocking efforts to create a new cabinet, Press TV's correspondent in Somalia reported.
The prime minister and 47 lawmakers returned to Baidoa, where the Somali Parliament sits, on Wednesday. Upon Arrival Nur Hassan Hussein held a closed-door meeting with Ethiopian officials.
President Abdullahi Yusuf rejected the list of the new ministers devised by the premier who has refused the president's request for reinstatement of the 10 recently resigned ministers.
Somalia has been struggling to agree on a cabinet since Ali Mohamed Gedi stepped down as the country's prime minister in October 2007.
Somalia 'needs global help on piracy'
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 14:39:41 GMT
PM Nur Hassan Hussein (Nur Adde)
Somali's Somali Prime Minister has called for a 'tremendous' international effort to address the piracy crisis in his war-torn country.
Somalia has been ravaged by nearly two decades of civil war and cannot stop piracy alone, Premier Nur Hassan Hussein Adde told Associated Press in a Tuesday interview.
The premier, speaking in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, said "the piracy problem is part of the legacy of the situation of the country. This 18 years of civil war is followed by disorder.''
"Stopping piracy is not something Somalia can do alone. This needs a tremendous effort,'' he stressed.
The remarks come as the international community has expressed deep concern about the situation, urging a tougher stance toward piracy in the region.
About thirty nine ships have been hijacked in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden waters after 100 piracy attempts.
The sea bandits are still holding about a dozen vessels, including an arms-laden Ukrainian freighter seized on September 25, a Saudi oil tanker carrying a cargo of crude estimated to be worth $100 million pirated on November 15.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since the downfall of dictator Said Barre in 1991.
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