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An illegal extension of the outgoing Somali president

Mogadishu | Times Of Sudan

The outgoing Somali People’s Assembly, in a meeting held on Monday, in Mogadishu, extended two years in the term of President Muhammad Abdullah Farmajo, which ended on February 8, 2021.

According to what was announced by Parliament Speaker Muhammad Mursal Sheikh Abdul Rahman, 149 of the 153 deputies who attended the session voted for the extension, which was opposed by 3 deputies, while one deputy abstained.

The Somali presidency immediately welcomed the decision, describing it as “historic”. “President Mohamed Abdullah Farmajo called on the Somali people to work together to seize this historic opportunity and participate in the country’s political process,” she said in a statement.

Regardless of the illegality of the extension decision made by the People’s Assembly whose term expired on December 27, 2020 AD, what happened will open a new battle between Farmajo and the international community, including the United Nations Security Council, which has repeatedly warned against extending the mandate of Somali institutions whose term expired or conducting an electoral process outside the agreement concluded by the federal government and the states on September 17, 2021.

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