Opposition Leader Warns of Dire Path Under Hassan Sheikh’s Leadership in Somalia

Somalia veering off course under Hassan Sheikh, declares opposition figurehead

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Wadajir party’s helmsman, Abdirahman Abdishakur, lambasted President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud alongside other officials for stifling progress, especially in electoral reforms and democratic practices.

Abdishakur, a parliamentary voice, expressed that Somali citizens are exasperated with the stagnation of reforms, urging the nation’s leadership to reassess certain policies hampering progress.

He pointed out key issues requiring scrutiny, including the looming departure of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the procrastinated battle against Al-Shabaab, and pervasive corruption.

“Over the past two months, I’ve engaged with over 200 individuals, from scholars to journalists. They echoed concerns about political misdirection, rampant graft, the stalled Al-Shabaab confrontation, ATMIS’s pullout, and UNSOM’s closure,” he remarked.

“Disturbingly, the executive and regional chiefs, save for Northeastern State, opted to rule sans elections, undermining political authenticity. Immediate reforms must mend public faith and secure equitable governance.”

Somalia recently unveiled intentions to wind down UNSOM operations within a few months, sparking backlash. Over the weekend, top security advisor Hussein Sheikh Ali emphasized Ethiopian forces should exit by December 2024.

The skirmish against Al-Shabaab lagged despite triumphs in Hirshabelle and Galmudug phases. The next stage, aimed at Jubaland and Southwest, faced logistical boondoggles causing delays.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, however, maintains that strategic areas have been reclaimed, underlining successful liberation efforts. High-ranking military officials predict the militant group’s downfall by June 2024.


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