Thousands cheer Woyanne pull-out – BBC

January 16th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Tens of thousands of Somalis have gathered at the football stadium in Mogadishu to celebrate the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from the city.

The stadium was a former Ethiopian base and Islamist and clan elders called for Somalis to solve their own problems and not resort to more violence.

(more…)

Tens of thousands of Somalis have gathered at the football stadium in Mogadishu to celebrate the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from the city.

The stadium was a former Ethiopian base and Islamist and clan elders called for Somalis to solve their own problems and not resort to more violence.

There has been no fighting in the city since the Ethiopians left this week.

Meanwhile, talks have resumed in Djibouti between the government and moderate Islamists on power-sharing.

They are trying to agree on the formation of an expanded parliament – from 275 seats to 550 – to include the opposition and how to select a new president.

Abdullahi Yusuf resigned as president last month after falling out with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein over attempts to negotiate this peace deal.

The opposition is split into various factions, and the more hardline groups do not support the peace process.

On Thursday, Mr Hussein announced his intention to run for president.

Ethiopian troops intervened in Somalia two years to help oust Islamists, who again control much of the country.

Working together

The Ethiopians finished their withdrawal from Mogadishu this week, and have now pulled back to Baidoa, where parliament sits.

Analysts had feared the withdrawal of the Ethiopians would lead to a power vacuum and fighting between rival Islamist factions.

But at the moment all factions – whether they back the peace process with the government or not – seem to be working together.

They have taken over most of the bases vacated by the Ethiopians.

The US wants the United Nations to take over peacekeeping duties from the African Union, which has a small force in the city.

But last month UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said few countries were willing to send troops to Somalia, as there was no peace to keep.

Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991, since when various militias have been battling for control.
Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/7833250.stm

Published: 2009/01/16 13:10:29 GMT

© BBC MMIX

  1. yikerbelen
    | #1

    TPLF has dronken defeatism from somalia and ran away.well done smalia’s hereoes. TPLF will face all out war soon from ethiopians and finally TPLF will face jsutice at the end of the day

  2. MARITU
    | #2

    THERE IS MORE TO COME AGAZI WILL SOON BE RUNING OUT OF ETHIOPIA

  3. gutema
    | #3

    thanks the coward got good lesson they will get another lesson soon in ogaden and oromia

  4. Hiwot
    | #4

    what are you talking about,I am totally against Ethiopa intervention.The military was not defeated.Don’t try to distort the realty.I am so glad those poor Ethiopians got back to their home.

  5. gutema
    | #5

    how many died for nothing and how many innocent civilian weresloutherd in mogadisho you must be one of those ignoren woyane supporter agazis will face what germen nazi got they will be wiped out soon

Comments are closed.