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Somali defense minister, army chief resign amid al Shabaab threats

Somali defense minister, army chief resign amid al Shabaab threats

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<h3>Somali Defense Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed and the chief of the armed forces General Mohamed Ahmed Jimale have have resigned from the government as the country battles Islamist group al Shabaab.</h3> <p>Information Minister Abdurahman Omar Osman confirmed the resignations on Friday after they were submitted at a cabinet meeting on Thursday.</p> <p>The reason for the resignations were not disclosed but local media cited rivalry between the two top defense figures.</p> <p>President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has nominated General Abdi Jama Hussein as the acting army chief, the information minister told <span class="caps">VOA</span>.</p> <p>Somalia is battling Islamist group al Shabaab which is fighting the government and foreign forces to take control of the country and impose a strict version of the Sharia law.</p>
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