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Al-shabab to be driven out from stronghold before August: Somali PM

Thursday, June 28, 2012
By Areeb Hasni

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Mogadishu: Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali declared that his government is willing to end the reign of Al shabab militants in the country before 20 August, the ending point of the Transitional period, media reported on Wednesday.

Speaking with Shabelle Media Network in Mogadishu, Somali PM said that TFG troops and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces will continue fighting against Al shabab fighters until peace and stability is restored throughout the nation.

“Our plan is to eradicate the Islamist al-Shabab militants-linked with Al Qaeda out of their last stronghold in Somalia before next August and set a local administrations under Somalia’s Transitional Fedaral Government TFG,” Somali PM, told Shabelle Media Network.

When asked a report issued by the World Bank on Wednesday says the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia TFG has not accounted for most of the revenues and donations it received in 2009 and 2010, he answered that accusations are baseless, adding that he is unlikely to embezzle a financial support intended to Somali people.
On Tuesday Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, toured in Bal’ad, a town located just 37 Kilometers northeast Mogadishu, where Somali and AU forces seized from Al shabab militants peacefully.


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