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    Southwest state legislators blame the federal government for confrontations in Baidoa.

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    – A group of Southwest regional state MPs blamed the federal government for violence between state security personnel and militia allied to opposition candidates in Baidoa late last week.

    The parliamentarians stated that the National Army Forces were being used to incite discontent in the Southwest, and they requested that federal forces be redirected to the frontlines.

    The Southwest parliament, according to the group, did not prolong the President’s tenure, but they did align the President’s and parliament’s mandates.

    Regional legislators encouraged the federal government to refrain from meddling in local political activities.

    A gun confrontation between South West State troops and militias loyal to opposition candidates in Baidoa early Friday morning killed at least ten persons.

    A political storm has recently erupted in Baidoa between incumbent President Abdiaziz Laftagareen and opposition candidates.

    Southwest parliament extended President Abdiaziz Laftagaren’s term by one year in 2019, increasing his mandate expiration date to December 19, 2023. The opposition, on the other hand, was opposed to the President’s term extension.

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