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Somalia: Pres Farmajo's 100 Days In Office, Amid Al Shabaab Continued Terror Attacks

Tuesday June 6, 2017

Sunday June 4 marked President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's first 100 days in office in Somalia.

Thousands of people and government officials took part in an organized rally held in Mogadishu's Banadir Football Stadium to mark President's 100 days in Villa Somalia.

Addressing thousands of people at the rally, Farmajo spoke about his achievements during his first 100 days in office.

"We are determined to compete with the world; We also want you to compete with other communities in the world. We want to compete not only with African countries but with European countries in terms of transparency and credibility. We want you to work with us in terms of paying taxes and security, so that we can move forward with the rest of the world," the president said.

Somali president promised to fight the corruption, bring back stability in the war-ridden country and create jobs to thousands of Somalia youths in the next 4 years.

Since the President was elected early this year, Al-Shabaab carried out the deadliest attack that killed more than 200 people within the first three months of his stay in office.

Somali President on the other hand has called on Al-Shabaab to come to the negotiating table, and open talks with his government or face eradication within the coming 2 years.

However, Al-Shabaab dismissed President Mohamed Abdullahi Faramajo's declaration on the war.

In the latest attack, Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bomb planted in a police station that killed at least one policeman in the southern port city of Kismayu on Monday June 5.

"A policeman died and several others were injured after a bomb blast. We are investigating the cause of the blast," Hassan Nur, a policeman, said.

Al Shabaab said the toll was higher. "We planted a bomb inside a police station in Kismayu. We killed four policemen and wounded 27 others," its military operations spokesman Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

Al Shabaab lost control of Kismayu in 2012, depriving it of a key source of funds. It had ruled most of south-central Somalia until 2011, when it was driven out of the capital Mogadishu by African Union troops.

Despite the loss of territory, al Shabaab still carries out major gun and bomb attacks, and often claims casualty numbers that conflict with those given by government officials.


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