Opposition leader urges Somali government to apologise over Baidoa killings

Leader of the opposition Wadajir Party Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has asked the Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre to apologise to and compensate the families of the people killed in Baidoa during the December 2018 regional elections.

“The people of Somalia, especially the people of the South West state need PM Hassan Ali Kheyre to apologise to and compensate the families of those who were killed in Baidoa in December 2018,” Mr Warsame said in a statement.

He added that the government needs to fulfill the promises made by the president of the South West state together with the federal parliament speaker to the people of the region.

In December 2018, violence erupted in South West state’s presidential election in Baidoa following the arrest of presidential candidate and former Al-Shabaab deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur.

Eleven people, including a South West state MP were killed in the clashes.

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