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Somalia: Farmaajo rift with Roble threatens October elections

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor

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Posted on September 17, 2021 10:51

The power struggle between Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo) and Prime Minister Mohamed H. Roble peaked on Thursday 16 September after the executive powers of the PM were suspended by the President. The clash further risks dividing the country, already behind schedule for its 10 October presidential polls.

President Farmaajo said the Prime Minister Roble had violated the constitution after he had both dismissed and nominated a new head of the intelligence agency in the aftermath of the disputed investigation into the disappearance of the female intelligence officer Ikran Tahlil.

The power struggle not only threatens to further divide the country, but has already disrupted the fragile presidential election set for 10 October. All five member states are in the midst of completing their Senator elections, with the lower house votes unofficially pushed to November, thereby surpassing the presidential poll date.

How did we get here?

Things came to a head last week (6 September) after Roble suspended Fahad Yasin, the head of Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISA), after he called his handling of the investigation into the missing 24-year-old intelligence officer

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