Former deputy leader and spokesperson of Al-Shabaab rebel group, Mukhtar Robow, has been disqualified from contesting in this week’s regional presidential elections. Last week, authorities in Somalia arrested the former rebel in the town of Baidoa.
The government accused him of trying to ship in illegal weapons and militants.
His arrest triggered clan clashes leaving at least 11 people dead in different confrontations between his supporters and security forces.
In the capital of Mogadishu, the country’s Minister for Public Works Abdifitah Ibrahim also protested against the arrest by resigning from his post.
According to eyewitnesses, Ethiopian troops carried out Mr Robow’s arrest on Thursday but there has been no confirmation from the Ethiopian contingent in Somalia. The African Union mission (AU) in the country denied any involvement in the incident.