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International pressure will not force my resignation: Somalia PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Oct 26 (Garowe Online) - The interim Somali prime minister reiterated on Friday his stance that he will not resign despite growing domestic pressure on him.

Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, who is currently visiting Ethiopia, told Mogadishu-based HornAfrik Radio that resigning is not an option for him.

"I will not resign from my post even if the international community requests me to do so," Prime Minister Gedi said during the interview.

Prime Minister Ali Gedi
The Somali premier met privately with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin in Addis Ababa. The two officials discussed Somalia's troubles in general, according to Gedi.

In recent weeks, lawmakers and Cabinet ministers have called on Gedi to appear in parliament and face a vote of confidence motion. But Prime Minister Gedi has resisted such pressure, arguing that his government has 14 months left in office.

Yesterday, Gedi supporters in parliament formed a new political coalition known as the United Somali Parliamentarians, a move seen as a boost for the embattled Somali prime minister. [ Full story]

Somalia's federal parliament is supposed to resolve the dispute between Gedi and President Abdullahi Yusuf, but insiders say lawmakers have fairly divided their support between the two Somali leaders.

During the interview, Prime Minister Gedi dodged a question regarding publicized reports that the Saudi Arabian government invited both Gedi and Yusuf for meditation talks.

Meanwhile in Mogadishu, three business owners were gunned down today in separate incidents.

Two civilian businessmen were shot to death in Mogadishu's Suk Ba'ad market, the second-largest market in the Somali capital. The killer took money from the pockets of the dead victim in one of the fatal shootings, according to eyewitness reports.

A third businessman, Omar Dheere, was killed in the notorious Bakara market, witnesses said.

No group has claimed responsibility for these senseless killings. Mogadishu has been rocked by violence since February when the muqaawama insurgency erupted to resist the interim government and its Ethiopian military allies.

Mogadishu residents said common criminals are committing heinous crimes but hiding their acts under conditions created by the insurgency.

Source: Garowe Online

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