Famous Somali singer and MP assassinated in Mogadishu

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Addis Ababa, 25 July 2014 (WIC) - The Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto Mutende has strongly condemned the assassination of well-known Member of Parliament and singer Saado Ali Warsame in Mogadishu on Wednesday (July 23).

Warsame and her driver were shot and killed by heavily armed gunmen in front of the hotel where she resided.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, also condemned the assassination of Saado Ali Warsame, and expressed his deep concern about the continued attacks in Mogadishu targeting parliamentarians, four of whom have been murdered this year Kay said “the role of Somali women in public life must be protected and respected by all.”

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed sent their condolences to her family, and condemned her killing.

Warsame was a veteran Somali protest singer who was renowned for the songs which led to her arrest when she challenged former President Siad Barre before he was overthrown in 1991.

Previously living in the U.S. city of Minneapolis she returned to Somalia in 2012 and became a member of the new parliament. She is the fourth MP to have been murdered this year.