From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Sat Dec 06 2008 - 06:09:40 EST
Somalia: Showdown looms as Ethiopian troops, opposition arrive in
Armed opposition groups have arrived in parts of Luq and Dolow in Gedo
Region at a time when the two towns have seen an influx of Ethiopian troops
with battlewagons as they established bases in the region.
Luq and Doolow, which are located on the border between Ethiopia and
Somalia, have also seen an increase in the number of armed opposition groups
arriving in the town.
Reports indicate that many armed opposition groups in their battlewagons
arrived in the locality of Geed Weyne, which is 30 km away from Dolow, and
the locality of Shatilow, which is 15 km from Luq.
According to area residents, the armed opposition groups in their battle
wagons addressed hundreds of residents in the area.
Hassan Jibril who is among the senior officials of the opposition groups
that arrived in these localities said they are in the region to carry out
security operations and to remove illegal roadblocks that have been mounted
by militias. They said they would take appropriate steps against anyone
found to have erected illegal roadblocks. Hassan Jibril also said their
arrival in the region is part of a wider plan in which they intend to take
control of the Gedo Region.
The towns where the armed opposition groups arrived yesterday are strategic
for Ethiopian troops who are travelling to Bay, Bakool, and Gedo regions,
and also to Mogadishu.
Political analysts have expressed concern about the arrival of armed
opposition groups in towns in Gedo Region. It is likely that Ethiopian
troops who use the roads and the armed opposition groups will clash in the
The arrival of armed opposition groups in some towns in Gedo Region comes at
a time when the towns have also seen an influx of Ethiopian troops in their
battle wagons from the other side of the border. Ethiopian troops
established bases in the towns in Somalia.By: Abdinasir Mohamed Guled
Somalia:No one can become minister without my approval - Somali president
The presidential of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [TFG],
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, has said that no-one will join the government without
his approval. His statement comes as the prime minister of the Transitional
Federal Government of Somalia, Nor Hassan Husain, prepares to present
ministers he appointed recently to parliament for approval. Liban Ali Nur
has the details.
The president of the TFG, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, told the media during a
meeting with his Djibouti counterpart Ismael Omar Guelleh, that no minister
can work in the country without his approval.
The president said that he was waiting for a decision by parliament on
ministers presented to them for approval by the prime minister. The
president said that, in case a rift arises between him and the prime
minister, it is upon parliament, High Court or the attorney-general to
mediate between them.
[Yusuf] No one without my approval can become minister. We have a
constitution, a [government] system, and the law. The person who violates
the constitution, or even tries to violate it, will be responsible for the
consequences. I haven't broken the law [words indistinct]. I haven't
quarrelled any one, or spoken against any one. I'm just quite. [words
indistinct]. We have parliament that can sort it [rift between him and the
prime minister] out. It is upon parliament to sort it out. We also have the
judiciary. There is a Somali court which can decide that.
Prime Minister Nur Hasan Husayn said that it was his obligation to appoint a
new cabinet which he did. However, he said that the president is refusing to
approve the new ministers. The prime minister stated that he will present
the new ministers to parliament for approval.
[Husain] I submitted the cabinet I have appointed [to the president], which
is my obligation. The president's obligation is to approve the new cabinet.
However, if he [president] rejects to approve it, then I will present it to
parliament. [words indistinct] my government to implement all the
resolutions of the parliament, as well as the resolution issued by IGAD
leaders during the IGAD conference, which Somalia was part of it, and our
president was among those leaders who signed the resolution issued by IGAD.
Somalia: Somali leaders fail to pertain peace pact opponents
The President of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia [TFG],
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, and the President of Puntland Administration, Adde
Muse Hirsi, leftin Djibouti at a time when the two leaders rejected the
Djibouti agreement between the TFG and the Djibouti-based Alliance for the
Re-Liberation of Somalia [ARS] before their return to the country.
The two leaders departed from the Garowe airport, Puntland Region, and were
seen off by ministers in the Puntland Administration, government officials
and officials of civil society groups in Garowe town.
The two presidents arrived in Djibouti and were welcomed by ministers in the
Djibouti government namely, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahmud Ali
Yusuf and other ministers in the Djibouti government. The two presidents
were later taken to the Djibouti presidency where they held closed-door
meetings with the Djibouti President, Ismail Umar Gelle and other senior
officials of the Djibouti government.
President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad who addressed the media after the meeting
said he received an invitation from the Djibouti president. He added that
they discussed the Djibouti talks and matters concerning the relations
between Somalia and Djibouti.
The visit by the two presidents comes a time when President Abdullahi Yusuf
Ahmad recently rejected the Djibouti agreement between the TFG and the
Djibouti-based ARS terming it individualistic and one being pursued by one
Adde Muse, the President of the Puntland administration, in a press
conference held yesterday in Puntland Region, said he the agreement does not
serve their interests as a region and would lead to a split [among the
Somali people] and has therefore rejected its outcome.
Although the main reason behind the two presidents trip is not yet known,
many believe it is an effort by the Djibouti government to persuade the two
leaders to accept the outcome of the Djibouti talks in which various Somali
groups are being reconciled. Djibouti hosted the reconciliation talks
[between the TFG and the Djibouti-based ARS] and has played a big role in
getting both the government and the opposition to the negotiating table.
But sources close to Djibouti leader say that he has rebuffed the words of
the two leaders on the rejecting of the peace pact saying it's Somalia's
hope restoration pact.
After they failed to get acceptancve from Djibouti leader the two Somali
leaders returned to home in anger as president Yusuf landed in Baidoa with
anger and Adde Muse as well in Garowe.
Somalia: Islamist leader calls upon Somalis to support peace agreement
The chairman of Djibouti-based Alliance for Re-liberation of Somalia [ARS],
Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad, in a press conference held in Djibouti today
spoke on the reactions by officials of the Transitional Federal Government
of Somalia [TFG] regarding the Djibouti agreement.
The Sheikh first of all sent his condolences to the families of innocent
civilians who were killed in the latest attack by Ethiopian troops in
Heemphasized that it was important the cease-fire agreement which was signed
[by both parties] be upheld.
The Sheikh then spoke on the recent statements by the president of the TFG,
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad and the head of the Puntland regional administration,
Adde Muse in which they rejected the Djibouti agreement and said it was
catering for the interests of one particular clan and does not have the
interests of the Somali people in mind.
The Djibouti talks were participated by committees that were sincerely
representing the ARS and the TFG.
The interests of the Somali people and their reconciliation have been
catered for. It is unfortunate that individuals who are in positions of
authority and can see the extent of the problems in Somalia could make such
statements, said Ahmad who was reading a press statement for the media.
He also spoke on inappropriate statements made by some who call fellow
Muslims unbelievers and have thus assigned themselves the responsibility of
confiscating what is rightfully theirs and spilling their blood.
"We caution against the sinful words being used by some and the crimes they
commit in which they justify the spilling of innocent Somali civilian's
blood and their dignity. These acts are not part of the Somali culture and
should be turned away from as they do not have a place in the teachings of
Islam" said Sheikh Sharif.
At last, Sheikh Sharif called upon the Somali people to support the Djibouti
agreement and lend their hand to the search for peace and stability in
Somalia. He also called upon aid agencies to provide urgent humanitarian aid
to those most afflicted by the conflict.
Somalia: After clashes Somali town calm, Alshabab seized
Heavy fighting between Al-Shabab and militias of Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a broke
out in Guri-el, Galgudu ud Region [central Somalia] killing at least 7
people witnesses said.
The fighting which involved the use of battle wagons broke out in the town
on Friday once again where the sound of gunfire exchanged by the two
religious groups could be heard.
The fighting went on for more hours and it is reported that so far more than
seven people were wounded in the fighting. Reports also indicate that there
the causalities could increase soon as dead bodies are still in the
battlefield. The wounded have been taken to the general hospital in Guri-el.
Residents of Guri-el have been fleeing from their homes in the last few days
as an earlier fighting between the two religious groups broke out in the
town. The town is said to be calm today although there is still tension, and
it is feared that the fighting between the two religious groups might once
again break out in the town.
Friday's fighting follows an earlier conflict, which involves an individual
held by Al-Shabab who has been sentenced by the group.
Latest reports say that Alshabab fighters seized the town from the other
religious group but residents say that they feared a new clashes from Ahlu
Sunna Islamic group.
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