Somalia Political Tension Affects People’s Life – UN

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Somalia on Thursday expressed concerns of recent clashes in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

“Political tension in Somalia is likely to affect people’s livelihoods,” the OCHA said in a short statement on Twitter.

Humanitarian partners are concerned that armed clashes will aggravate the dire humanitarian situations in the country, the statement added.

The UN urged all political parties to ensure the safety of civilians.

The current political situation emerges after the Somali president’s constitutional mandate expired on Feb. 8 and opposition presidential candidates called for anti-government protests defying the government’s ban on public gatherings.

The opposition presidential candidates led by former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed demanded the president to resign although the government said there will not be a power vacuum.

Experts on current political climate

Abdimalik Abdullahi, a political analyst who spoke to Anadolu Agency over the phone, said the ideal situation is exercising maximum restraint and giving change to unconditional talks.

“Most importantly, Villa Somalia [the presidential palace] ought to show leadership and reach out to all dissents rather than employing provocative and exclusionary political mechanisms that will only usher in more confusion and division,” Abdullahi said.

Opposition groups should also be solution-oriented and not engage in fruitless running battles with the government, he added.