Armed forces to leave Mogadishu in 48 hours - PM roble, opposition deal
Somali Prime Minister and the opposition have agreed to move out Somali military who were involved in Mogadishu recent clashes to return to their bases in 48 hours. Some of the Somali National Army (SNA) supporting the opposition moved to Mogadishu over the president's bid to extend his mandate last month. Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the Council of Presidential Candidates on Wednesday evening agreed to resolve tensions in Mogadishu ahead of the consultative forum between the federal government and its member states scheduled on May 20. “That the rights of these forces, such as salaries, ranks and responsibilities, are not affected by the violence in Mogadishu and that no action can be taken against that incident,” the communique read in part. The agreement also demands the return of vehicles and weapons confiscated during the recent skirmishes in Mogadishu and the release of those detained. Last month Somali military clashed over the president's bid to extend his mandate. Over 60,000 people fled from their houses according to the United Nations.