Somalia Parliament Planned Session Called Off after International Pressure
Somalia’s parliamentary session was called off overnight and lawmakers were notified that the session will take place on Wednesday after international pressure. No official reason was given for the postponement House which was expected on Monday to discuss COVID-19. Sources have confirmed to Radio Dalsan that the session which was to debate the term of an extension was called off after the envoys of the United Kingdom, the European Union and other international partners warned the Speaker of the Lower house against term extension. On Saturday Speaker of the Lower house, Mohamed Mursal adjourned parliament after brawls between opposition and pro-government MPs. The speaker banned 15 opposition from attending the upcoming sessions accusing the MPs of rioting and obstructed Saturday’s Parliament session on Covid-19. In a press conference held on Sunday, the opposition legislators said will attend the session despite the ban. Somalia was scheduled to hold parliamentary elections last year December and presidential elections in February 2021 as leaders are still yet to implement the 17 Sept pact between regional state leaders and the federal government after numerous talks.