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Somalia parliament crisis: Soldiers arrested as speaker denies violating security procedures

Somalia parliament crisis: Soldiers arrested as speaker denies violating security procedures

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<p>The Somali army chief General Abdiweli Jama Gorod says a group of soldiers who entered parliament today with weapons has been “detained”. </p> <p>Voice of America journalist, Harun Maruf, said on Twitter that about 45 soldiers had been arrested, according to a security source.</p> <p>The detention is a climax to a dramatic day at the country’s parliament as the standoff between supporters of the speaker on one hand and those of the Prime Minister, Ali Hassan Khaire, continues.</p> <p>Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has been accused by elected officials of abuse of power and obstruction of constitutional reform. He has, however, survived a motion of no-confidence.</p> <p>Today’s parliamentary debate over the matter was cut short when lawmakers accused the speaker of violating security procedures of the house by bringing armed guards with him into the parliament.</p> <p>The speaker denied the allegations, saying he only took his bodyguards into the parliament.</p> <p>“How can I take over, I’ve 11 bodyguards…that is like saying president took over the Presidential Palace,” Jawari said. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: Somali army chief Gen Abdiweli Jama Gorod says a group of soldiers who entered parliament today w/ weapons has been “detained”. According to a security source, about 45 soldiers were arrested. Earlier Speaker Jawari said he only took his bodyguards into the parliament.</p>— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) <a href="https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/981608715760660486?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><span class="caps">AMISOM</span> takes over parliament security</h3> <p>At the height of the standoff, the African Union Mission in Somalia (<span class="caps">AMISOM</span>) offered to take over the security of the parliament until it’s secured and MPs can sit in an atmosphere where there is no intimidation.</p> <p><span class="caps">AMISOM</span> commander, Brig. Paul Lokech reportedly gave the Somali political leaders three options.</p> <p>‘‘One option is that legislators accept with the executive that <span class="caps">AMISOM</span> takes charge of parliament’s security, or seek a neutral ground or in a worst case scenario, <span class="caps">AMISOM</span> pulls out and leaves the lawmakers to themselves,’‘ Brig Lokech said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Amisom commander gives 3 options both the Executive and the Legislature<br /> <br /> 1 Accept with the executive that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Amisom?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Amisom</a> takes charge of the parliament so MP’s can freely debate.<br /> 2 Look for a neutral ground (Another place)<br /> 3 Amisom to pull out & leave the MP’s to sort out their problems <a href="https://t.co/ZszTNaePDE">pic.twitter.com/ZszTNaePDE</a></p>— Abdisalam Aato (@AbdisalamAato) <a href="https://twitter.com/AbdisalamAato/status/981554143021150208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Politicians have bemoaned the negative effect of the crisis on the country.</p> <p>The Upper House of Parliament has tried to mediate in the impasse, the biggest political crisis since the government took office a little over a year ago. President Farmaajo has had to postpone several meetings and foreign travels to try and end this crisis.</p> <p>The African Union, United Nations and other partners have voiced grave concern and also called for calm.</p>

How can I take over, I’ve 11 bodyguards...that is like saying president took over the Presidential Palace

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