Somalia: Ex-president arrives in Baidoa as presidential candidate

BAIDOA, Somalia – Former Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed arrived in Southwest on Thursday, a state thought-about a battleground within the nation’s upcoming polls, which has triggered a deterrent forward of the nation’s elections, regardless of mainstream consensus.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who served as Somalia’s president from 2009 to 2012, held a gathering with southwestern head of state Abdulaziz Lafta-Garen in Baidoa, about 250 km northwest of Mogadishu. The upcoming election dominated the talks.

“The President of the Union of Somali Presidents, His Excellency Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, and his delegation are holding a gathering with President Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed (Lafta Garen) and different officers from the Southwest administration,” the Himilo Qaran celebration tweeted. .

Two weeks in the past, Ahmed twice visited Jowhar, the capital of Hirshabelle, the place he carefully monitored the native elections held forward of the long-awaited ballots. He rejected the shortage of transparency as candidates allied with Villa Somalia offered strategic seats.

Southwest has lengthy bowed to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who’s accused of implanting folks believed to be his shut allies on the helm. Regional President Lafta-Garen is his shut ally and acts after he was imposed in 2018.

In the course of the regional elections in 2018, the federal government is strengthening with the assistance of Ethiopian nationwide protection forces [ENDF], arrested former Al-Shabaab deputy chief Mukhtaar Robow, who had declared pursuits within the seat, resulting in chaos in Baidoa. To this point, Robow remains to be in secret NISA custody.

On Tuesday, Ahmed was elected president of presidential candidates, one other indication that he may very well be fielded as the one presidential candidate towards Farmajo. He enjoys the assist of his successor Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.

The nation is up for election from December, and MPs will elect a brand new president on February 8. Farmajo has expressed curiosity in defending his seat regardless of countless strain from the opposition crew accusing him of manipulating the election crew.

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