African Union Chair Calls for Dialogue Between Somali PM and President


Amid a deepening political crisis that has provoked widespread international alarm, chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has issued a statement calling for the “utmost restraint” and “continued engagement” between Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the country’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble

Lately, heavily armed factions loyal to either party could be seen patrolling parts of the capital Mogadishu, raising fears that tensions could erupt into violence.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

On Tuesday, soldiers loyal to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble took up positions near the presidential palace a day after President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, announced the suspension of the premier, who accused him of an “attempted coup”.

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Relations between the duo have long been frosty, but the latest developments have sparked concerns for Somalia’s stability as the country struggles to hold long-delayed elections and fight a disquieting insurgency.

Faki said the African Union remained committed to scaling up its support for sustainable peace and political stability in Somalia.

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