Somalia: 1 dead as violence riot started in Abudwak town

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A female protestor was shot dead when regional soldiers opened fire on a crowd of people, who took streets of Abudwak town to protest against a newly re-elected president of the semi-autonomous region

The violence started between demonstrators and the regional soldiers after protestors refused an offer made by Jubaland regional military chief Cabas Ibrahim Gurey, in a bid to support President Ahmed Madobe for his re-election, a witness said.

He says the soldiers opened live ammunitions, leaving a woman dead in Abudwak, a town close to Somali border along Kenya, a witness said.

He says Friday’s riots caused all telephone communication to be cut off.

President Ahmed Madobe was re-elected on Thursday after defeating three other candidates in a vote cast by the semi-autonomous region’s lawmakers in Kismayo town.

He won 56 of the 74 votes cast while his rival Anab Mohamed Dahir, the only female candidate, won 17 votes, said in a statement released by the regional electoral body.

Kismayo, a coastal town lies some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Friday’s protest comes as International Partners called on Jubaland leaders to avoid any actions that could cause violence.

The Somali partners said the maintaining peace and stability in Jubaland is crucial its state and Somalia’s national political, security, economic and development priorities.

However, the Somali government said it would not recognize the result of the election in Jubbaland region.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: