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IPU PRESS: IPU deeply alarmed by escalation of violence against Somali MPs

Geneva, 22 April 2014 – IPU is deeply alarmed by the brutal assassinations of two Somali MPs in less than 24 hours in the capital Mogadishu and is urging authorities in the Northeast African country to ensure greater protection of parliamentarians.IPU expresses its concern about the alarming proportions of this emerging cycle of violence in Somalia which could jeopardize the peace and reconciliation process in a country ravaged by decades of civil war.MP Abdiasis Mursal was shot down today outside his house in Mogadishu a day after the killing of fellow MP Isaak Mohamed Rinoco, blown up by a bomb concealed in his car.

Mohamed Abdi, another MP, was seriously wounded.The Organization strongly condemns these cowardly and reprehensible attacks, the latest in a string of terrorist acts against MPs committed to putting in place a fully functional democracy in Somalia after two decades of civil war and unrest.IPU stresses every effort should be made to support and protect those working to represent the interests of the Somali people in an extremely challenging environment. The Organization also urges Somali authorities to ensure that those responsible for the attacks on MPs are brought to justice.

“The failure to deliver justice breeds impunity and can only lead to further violence against the legitimate representatives of the Somali people”, says IPU Secretary General Anders B. Johnsson.IPU has been closely following the political transition in Somalia and has acknowledged the progress made by the country in putting in place a functional and representative parliament following legislative elections in 2012.As a result Somalia was able to re-join IPU at its 129th Assembly in Geneva in October 2013.

For further information, please contact Fernando Puchol, Tel: + 41 22 919 4137, email: fp@ipu.org

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