Violence breaks out in Somali over president’s leadership extension

Violence has broken out in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, between different sections of the security forces allegedly the pro-government forces and military units that support the opposition.

This comes after Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, last week, controversially approved a two-year extension of his term in office. His mandate officially ended in February.

Reports said heavy weapons were used and mortar rounds were fired near the presidential palace.

Some of the military units support President Mohamed Abdullahi while others are opposed to him.

The move was strongly criticised by the international community including the UN and the African Union.

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