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Hiddig: There are no dissident MPs
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Hiddig: There are no dissident MPs

Chair of a newly formed forum composing of dozens of Somali MPs has denied media reports that the forum was formed to launch opposition campaigns against Prime Minister Khayre’s nascent government. In an interview with VOA Somali shortly after holding a press conference in Mogadishu, MP Abdirashid Hiddig said the main objective of establishing the forum is to fight clannism and contribute to the process of forming political parties in the country. “We want to fight the clan-based 4.5 power sharing formula in the country. Meanwhile, every MP is required to join a political party within two years, we are therefore working on reaching those goals,” said Hiddig. When asked about the number of MPs allied in the forum, he said over 100 MPs have so joined the group with many others joining by the day. He further said they have no plans to table a motion against the top leaders of the government in the near future, but are instead ready to help them move the country forward. Leading MPs in the forum are said to be former government officials who failed to secure positions in the new government and members of political parties defeated in the recently concluded electoral process. Source: VOA