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Somalia: Chaos over term extension as Farmaajo blames opponents, foreign interest

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor

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Posted on April 30, 2021 08:50

Somalia Gunfire
Civilians flee following gunfire between factions within Somalia’s security forces near KM4 in Hodan district of Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday April 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia’s beleaguered President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’, says he will no longer pursue a two-year extension on his presidential term, giving into the ramped-up pressure on him both internally and externally. In doing so, he has also agreed to dialogue with the opposition and to reimplement the 17 September 2020 agreement to reform the national elections. But will he follow through?

After parliament voted in a proposal to extend Farmaajo’s term by two-years, chaos hit the streets of the capital Mogadishu.

Residents have been forced to seek refuge outside the city, fearing for their lives, as tensions escalate between pro-government forces and those opposed to Farmaajo’s bid to extend his term.

It is estimated that about 100,000 people in Mogadishu have fled their homes so far.

But on 27 April, the federal member states of Hirshabelle and Galmudug issued a joint press statement backtracking from their earlier support for the term extension.

The statement comes at a time when Mogadishu has been experiencing the largest migration from the city in ten years.

Endorsed by the presidents of the two states, the statement called for return to the 17 September agreement and implementation of the revised election model.

The statement was supported by the Prime Minister

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