Parliament extends time period in pre-election impasse

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The current pre-election stalemate could worsen further in Somalia following the latest reports that parliament could have an extended term with no legal provisions laid down, a move that could spark endless political feuds in the nation of the Horn of Africa.

Somalia was due to go to elections from December last year, but plans were derailed by the ongoing pre-election standoff that involves Somalia’s federal government and the tight-knit opposition, which accuses the president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of sabotage.

Reports indicate that lawmakers, whose terms expired in December last year, may have extended their terms contrary to established legal provisions, still leaving loopholes for epic duels that would jeopardize any room for a deal. pre-election which could resolve the impasse.

Investigations by Axadleindicate that MPs have acquired new identity cards that allow them access to parliamentary premises, which expire in December 2021. It is not known why MPs chose the movement instead. than to wait for their planned elections.

Analysts believe the move could complicate efforts to defuse the blockage in the electoral process that has delayed the election schedule. Already, the contested electoral committee has scheduled regional elections from next week but the opposition has again demanded changes.

The opposition accuses Somalia’s federal government of choosing people close to the regime, close allies of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who could face a harsh re-election debacle in February. According to them, NISA agents are involved, but Villa Somalia has often refuted the allegations.

Stakeholders in the country have called for a ceasefire, but Villa Somalia is reportedly keen to hold elections despite pressure from disgruntled opposition. The opposition threatened to boycott any election held under such circumstances.

It comes amid reports that Somalia has sent Vice President Sheikh Mudey to Nairobi in an attempt to negotiate ways to restore diplomatic ties. Mogadishu severed ties with Nairobi last month over allegations Kenya was interfering with its domestic politics.

In an undated photo, Professor Peter Kagwanja, who is the husband of Kenya’s Defense Minister Monica Juma, met with Somali Vice President Sheikh Mudey in Nairobi.

The Vice President, a strong supporter of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. It is not clear what the two discussed, but the harsh relationship between Kenya and Somalia may have been present.


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