Southwest leader faces darkest days as opposition plotting his ouster

Lafta-Garen was elected in December 2018 following a deadly protest in Baidoa over the arrest of Mukhtar Robow, the former deputy Al-Shabaab leader who was running for the regional presidency.

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Southwest leader faces darkest days as opposition plotting his ouster

BAIDOA, Somalia - Former Somali Custodial Corps Commander Mahad Abdirahman who is now a member of parliament says politicians in Mogadishu are plotting to oust Southwest President.

Speaking at a meeting in Baidoa, he warned against dismantling an established administration serving its people in this critical time as the country sees a new change in the leadership and transition.

He added that the organizers of the impeachment motion against Abdiaziz Lafta-Garen are people from the diaspora, who are unaware of the hardships experienced in the formation of the Southwest.

We will fight anyone who tries to destroy the Southwest administration," said General Abdirahman.

The MP's remarks come at a time when a new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took over from Farmajo, who had been a staunch supporter of the Southwest leader Lafta-Garen.

Lafta-Garen was elected in December 2018 following a deadly protest in Baidoa over the arrest of Mukhtar Robow, the former deputy Al-Shabaab leader who was running for the regional presidency.

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