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Shooting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, to protest the extension of Mohamed Farmajo's mandate

Media reports said today, Sunday, that gunfire was heard in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in protest against the extension of the term of Somali President Mohamed Farmajo.


Sputnik agency, citing local websites and news agencies, revealed that eyewitnesses heard the sound of gunfire in the Somali capital, and explained that clashes broke out between Somali forces supporting and opposing the extension of the country's president's mandate.


According to eyewitnesses and local media, news agencies reported that Somali opposition forces had come from the state of Hershbili, and arrived in the capital, Mogadishu, to announce their protest against the extension of the term of the Somali president.


The official Somali News Agency (SUNA) reported that Somalia had responded to the African Union’s condemnation of extending the mandate of Farmajo for two years. Information Minister Osman Abu Bakr Dubai said at a press conference yesterday evening in the capital Mogadishu, “No international or regional organization can condemn a parliamentary law in Independent country".


He pointed out that the federal government "expresses its deep regret over the campaigns launched by Kenya and Djibouti for the African Peace and Security Council to issue decisions against the federal parliament and the government."


A few days ago, the African Union Peace and Security Council condemned the Somali parliament’s decision, saying that it would "delay the election process in Somalia, as well as negatively affect the democratic path and the unity and stability of the country."


In its statement, the council said that the Somali parliament's approval of the bill is a "unilateral step", expressing its grave concern about it.


On April 12, the Somali parliament voted to extend the mandate of President Muhammad Abdullah Muhammad, which lasted for four years, and ended last February, for another two years, amid opposition from the opposition.