The new mayor of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has banned people from carrying weapons on the streets. Former warlord Mohamed Dheere announced the ban at his inauguration ceremony, following his appointment last week.

The move is seen as a big step forward in the process of restoring stability to Somalia, which has not had a working government in 16 years. The government last week ended a six-week operation against Islamist and clan fighters in the city. Some 1,600 people were killed in the clashes, local aid groups say.

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Mr Dheere announced that those who flouted the ban would be punished but did not give details.
Only government security forces would be allowed to carry weapons, he said. New police chief Abdi Hassan “Qaybdiid” Awale – also a former warlord – announced a ban on tinted windows in the city.

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