Northeastern State Minister Faces Backlash Over Provocative Statements about Southwest State

Northeastern State’s Information Minister, Mohamud Aydid Dirir, is facing backlash for his recent comments regarding Southwest State in Somalia. Describing the region as an “Ethiopian protectorate” on social media has sparked anger and criticism from various sources.

The statement has caused a stir among the region’s leaders and the general public, with many taking to social media to condemn it as disrespectful and misleading. This controversy arises shortly after the National Consultative Council meeting in Mogadishu, where changes to the Somali constitution were endorsed.

Southwest State, a Federal Member State of Somalia, has a turbulent history marked by conflict and instability. The involvement of foreign powers like Ethiopia in the region’s affairs has long been a contentious issue.

Dirir’s remarks have reignited debates on the sovereignty of Southwest State and the influence of external entities in Somali politics. Critics argue that labeling the region as a “protectorate state” undermines its autonomy and dignity.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the Northeastern State government will address the criticism and whether Dirir will retract or clarify his statement. The future course of action will shed light on the implications of his words for the region.


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