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

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor
Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021 10:50

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.