The road to this agreement may have been bumpy, and the country was on the edge of its seat more than ever, as the armed political factions took up positions in Mogadishu gearing up for continued conflict.
After parliament voted in a proposal in April to extend Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo)’s term by two-years, chaos hit the streets of the capital.
Residents sought refuge outside the city, fearing for their lives, while tensions escalated between pro-government forces and those opposed to Farmaajo’s bid to extend his term. An estimated 100,000 people in Mogadishu have fled their homes.
After being cornered by both internal and external forces, Farmaajo announced that he would no longer pursue the two-year extension on his presidential term. This opened up dialogue with the opposition to reimplement the 17 September 2020 agreement and reform the national elections.
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