Somali president’s backers in gun conflict with opponents, residents say By Reuters



© Reuters. Somali navy supporting Hawiye opposition leaders are seen within the streets of Yaqshid district of Mogadishu


MOGADISHU (Reuters) -Supporters of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and people against the extension of his four-year time period clashed on Sunday on the streets of the capital, residents mentioned.

The president signed a legislation in mid-April extending his mandate for 2 years, stoking opposition inside Somalia and placing him on a collision course with Western and different donors against the transfer. [nL1N2M70EX

Somalia, which plunged into war and chaos in 1991, has been struggling to re-establish the authority of central government and rebuild the nation, with international help. The failure to hold elections that were due in February sparked a new crisis.

“There is gunfire between pro-opposition military and government forces at Fagah Junction,” Halima Osman, a resident of Fagah in Mogadishu, said after Reuters witnesses heard gunshots erupt in capital.

A Reuters witness saw four military vehicles positioned in one place in the Fagah area.

Somalia’s lower house of parliament passed legislation to extend Mohamed’s tenure by up to two years, although the decision was rejected by the upper chamber.

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