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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Somalia orders recapture of Baidoa

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 19:25:39 GMT | PressTV

An Al-Shabaab fighter
standing guard in
the capital Mogadishu
Somali government has reportedly ordered military to take back the transitional administration's final stronghold from opposition fighters.

The country's soldiers started advancing towards the central town of Baidoa on Monday, after the government officials held talks in the southern town of Huduur to discuss the details of the move, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The town, which is the seat of the Somali parliament, recently fell into the clutches of Al-Shabaab fighters.

The gunmen have been opposing the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) on behalf of their superiors -- the Union of Islamic Courts.

Following the fall of Baidoa Somali lawmakers, gathered in neighboring Djibouti in an attempt to shape a unity government in the Horn of Africa country under a UN-brokered plan.

Earlier in the day, the UIC voiced its opposition to the lawmakers' Saturday election of popular opposition leader Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed as the country's new president.

The fighters “see the result of the conference of conspiracy in Djibouti as one that does not concern us and we do not recognize it," said Sheik Muse Abdi Arale, a top UIC official, Xinhua reported.

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