Chaotic Somali Parliament Disbanded As Opposition MPs Protest Term Extension Debate
Somalia's Federal Parliament legislator Mahad Mohamed Salad on Saturday claimed a parliament session publicised to debate Covid-19 was turned to discuss term extension of the current government. In a statement Mahad said a group of MPs were told by told by Lower house Speaker before the session that the agenda of the day would be term extension of the Farmaajo administration. “The Speaker Mohamed Mursal confirmed to us that he demanded to deploy the 200 armed personnel and he threatens to demand more and he will take personally the responsibility of any damage done by these armed AS defectors, ” MP Mahad said in a tweet. Earlier today some of Lower house legislators expressed concern over the deployment of plain-clothed NISA wielding pistols at the Lower House. “The government deployed to parliament building over 200 armed non-uniformed personnel and most of them are those newly released from Al-Shabaab defectors rehabilitation center (Serindi), the MPs security is under threat due to the implementation of extension agenda, ” MP Mahad claimed. On Friday members of parliament were notified that there was a parliament session on Saturday at 9:00 am. The Parliament session ended in chaos today after opposition MPs and and pro Farmaajo confronted each other. “Today’s Somali parliament session on Covid-19 was adjourned after some lawmakers disagreed on the agenda and rioted in the meeting. Ubax Tahliil member of Somali parliament was quoted in the state run SNTV. The development comes as pressure mounted from international partners who have said no to any discussion that would lead to term extension.