Farmaajo replaces AMISOM bodyguards with Somalia special forces as army chief orders all SNA soliders out of Mogadishu
The newly elected Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo was on Thursday seen in public for the first time after his win under a tight guard by US trained Somalia Special Forces.
Seven well armed special forces code named Danab accompanied the President in his first day where he held meetings with representatives of the international community.
There was notably no Amisom guards around the new president who were part of protocol during the reign of the two past Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Danab forces have in the past been part of operations to pacify hostage situation in Mogadishu hotel attacks by militant group Alshabaab. They are known for their quick response to contain such situations.
Meanwhile the Army Chief Mohamud Aden has ordered all soldiers out of Mogadishu.
The soldiers have been asked to resign to their camps outside Mogadishu.
Mogadishu had been hosting some 4000 SNA soldiers most of whom were in the capital to offer security to the presidential candidates a subsistence to the unreliable salary pay.
Some of these soldiers were called from military operations in as far as Jubaland.
Somalia Police and NISA are now in charge of security in Mogadishu.