From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Tue Dec 23 2008 - 11:26:56 EST
Somali leader may resign under US pressure
23 Dec 2008 19:30:02 GMT
Somalia's Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (L) is reportedly pressured by US envoy
Jendayi Frazer (R) to resign.
The US has expressed support for ousted Somali premier Nur Hassan Hussein,
mounting pressure on President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed to resign.
In a meeting with Yusuf in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, a senior US
official Jendayi Frazer expressed Washington's disapproval of his extensive
term in office, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Frazer, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, had earlier
met with Nur Hassan Hussein (Nur Adde) voicing the White House's support for
his government, reports say.
Earlier in the month Yusuf 'unconstitutionally' replaced Hussein with his
own appointee Mohamud Mohamed Guled amid Mogadishu's ongoing struggle to
agree on a new cabinet.
The move left the parliament divided over the issue, with some lawmakers
supporting the reinstatement of Hussein and some others favoring the
The division has raised the prospect of the country being ultimately run by
two prime ministers and two cabinets - a possibility Frazer has reportedly
Analysts say Abdullahi Yusuf will finally buckle under the political strain
which has been escalated by the Somali insurgents' growing strength across
the violence-hit country.
Al-Shabaab takes over pirates' stronghold
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 15:54:47 GMT
An Al-Shabaab gunman (L), the Saudi oil tanker Sirius Star (R).
Al-Shabaab fighters have driven Somali pirates out of the port of Hobyo,
used by the pirates as a safe haven for harboring hijacked ships.
Late on Sunday, The fighters raided the port town with heavy guns forcing
out the local militiamen who fought for the pirates, a Press TV
There have been no reports on the casualties.
The town in the Mudug region has been used as an anchorage for the vessels
captured in the Gulf of Aden by the pirates who usually make ransom demands.
The fighters, who are affiliated to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC),
advanced towards the area following the November 15 capture of the giant
Saudi-operated oil tanker, the Sirius Star.
On November 21, the fighters poured into the port of Haradheere, launching a
crackdown on the pirates for that they described as encroachment on a
"Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country and hijacking its ship is a bigger crime
than other ships," the UIC spokesman Abdi Rahim Isse Addow, said at the
The move raised hopes that the ships be released without ransom.
Somali pirates have carried out 120 hijacking in the Gulf of Aden and the
Indian Ocean so far this year, and currently hold 15 vessels.
The well-armed international forces present in the area have only been able
to deter a number of attacks.
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