In a daring move on Monday 12 April, Mogadishu police chief Sadaq Omar also known as ‘John’ issued a statement directing members of parliament not to attend a session of the lower house of the people.
According to the police chief — who has since been replaced –– he was trying to protect Somalia from plunging into further chaos due to the prolonged elections impasse. In his statement, Sadaq said: “I stopped today’s session because parliament’s term expired and there is no need for an extension of their term.”
The Federal Government, through police commissioner Abdi Hassan Hijar, swiftly responded by removing Sadaq and replacing him with Farhan Qaroole.
Parliament then went ahead with its programme, with the speaker of the lower house Mohamed Mursal Sheikh tabling a bill that provides for a two-year timeline for universal suffrage.
This would allow for Somalia to have “one-person
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