Somalia's Opposition Says No To Term Extension Approval In Parliament
Somalia's opposition candidates have warned the Lower House of Parliament against approving term extension for the incumbent president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo whose mandate lapsed last February. In a press conference on Sunday night, former Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has accused Farmajo of engineering plans to secure extension. "It is a national betrayal that instead of reaching an agreement on elections, the government is seeking a term extension, we are telling the outgoing leadership, you have gone astray, come back, and do not lead Somalia back to where it came from, ” Sheikh Sharif said. "This country cannot tolerate term extensions and electoral fraud, economically, politically and security-wise, It is a country whose governance is still in its infancy, we need to think about the consequences of the reckless actions of our predecessors,” he added. Remarks of the former president come amid reliable sources at the office of the Lower House Speaker, Mohamed Abdirahman Mursal, a close ally of Farmaajo confirmed plans by house leadership to secure the president’s extended stay in office. On Sunday, UN, AU, EU and IGAD warned against any parallel process saying they will not support partial elections and new initiatives leading to any extension of prior mandates. The organization expressed serious concern that the political stalemate is impacting negatively on peace, security, stability, and prosperity in Somalia and beyond. The statement underscored that the 17 September agreement remains the most viable path towards the holding of elections in the shortest delay possible.