Somali opposition party condemns Ethiopian ‘meddling’

The Somali opposition Wadajir party has strongly condemned the “interference” of Ethiopian troops in internal Somali affairs. The party said Ethiopian troops have been specifically meddling in Jubbaland and Galmudug regional states of Somalia.

In a statement, the opposition party said that the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo intends to use the Ethiopian non-peacekeeping troops who recently arrived in the central Somali town of Dhusamareb to hijack the regional elections of Galmudug, just as it did during the southwest election in December 2018.

“It’s clear that the intelligence agency director, with the backing of the Qatar government, is taking advantage of the transition period in Ethiopia by utilizing the links between him and some senior Ethiopian military officials,” the statement read in part.

It added that Leaders of the two countries have broken past promises to end, and to accept, meddling in the internal affairs of neighboring countries

Wadajir called on Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to review his policy towards Somalia, and warned against the use of Ethiopian soldiers for “nefarious agenda and subjection of the Somali people”.

The party also called on Somalis “inside the country and the diaspora” to mobilize against interference by Ethiopian forces.