PRESS RELEASE

TFG TROOPS PAID AS NEW PRIME MINISTER APPROVED BY SOMALI PARLIAMENT

(Mogadishu, Wednesday 29 June 2011) Under the supervision of the AMISOM Coordinating Mechanism, Administrators from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have been this week paying TFG soldiers $200 each at a pay parade in Mogadishu.

Regular monthly payment of $100 stipends had been instituted since December 2010, and are set to continue under the new government. Security will be one of the top priorities for the new government.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Hon Abdihakim Mohamud Fiqi, said:

“The payment of stipends will continue as we seek to improve the welfare of our soldiers. This will keep morale high as we continue to defeat the Al Shabaab extremists and their backers. We are very grateful for the support of the international community in this matter and believe that the progress we are making speaks for itself.”

The last payment was made at the end of April. May payments were impractical due to the political and military situation at the time, so May and June payments are being made together now. Before being handed the money, soldiers queue to confirm their identity and then leave a fingerprint on a registration sheet to prove that they have been paid.

 

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