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Somali govt. rejects calls for ouster
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:42:17 GMT
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Somalia's President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed
Somalia's transitional government has rejected demands calling for the dismissal of the current leadership to prepare the ground for new elections.

"That meeting was fruitless and did not meet what was expected of it," AP cited a statement released by the Somali government cabinet on Thursday. "It was not representing the desires of the Somali people."

The statement came after a two-day meeting was held this week in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to work out how Somalia can navigate after the mandate of the Mogadishu government expires in August.

The Western-backed Somali transitional government is under pressure from its backers to hold new elections.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security but efforts have not yet yielded results.

Nearly a million people have died following years of fighting between rival warlords and also due to the country's inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs have been sheltered in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in squalid conditions at makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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