Somalia’s new president has called the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while passing instruction to the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabaab extremists.
The shakeup on Thursday is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab steps up its deadly bombings in the capital since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected in February.
The Somali-American president wore a military uniform as he declared a “new offensive against terrorist groups.” He is giving extremists a 60-day amnesty to surrender.
The changes are seen as an attempt by Mohamed to consolidate power in this long-chaotic horn of Africa nation. He has replaced the country’s police chief and Mogadishu’s mayor.