Somalia’s opposition writes to the UN Safety Council and needs Farmajo to be “punished” for making plans

Somalia’s opposition writes to the UN Security Council and wants Farmajo to be “punished” for planning a murder

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – A group of opposition candidates in Somalia has written to the president of the UN Security Council [UNSC] Barbara Woodward, who demands immediate intervention over the current political stalemate in the Horn of Africa, which threatens dissolution.

Over the past year, Somalia’s stakeholders have failed to reach a compromise for the forthcoming elections, leading to unparalleled delays, a step that has further escalated into a political feud between the federal government and a determined opposition.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term has already ended as Parliament’s, raising legitimacy issues, which the opposition wants to answer. Farmajo was due to leave the office on February 8, but he has continued to fulfill his duties.

In the statement, which was also copied to several international actors, the 15 candidates asked the UN Security Council to intervene and advise Farmajo to hand over power, resign or otherwise facilitate a smooth transition by handing over to a transitional council.

“It is deeply regrettable that former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has refused to hand over power and facilitate a smooth transition through a fair and credible election in the country,” read part of the tough wording.

“We demand that you intervene quickly because the political legitimacy of our fragile institutions requires that Farmajo immediately transfer power, resign or hand over to the Transitional Council,” it read further, in what may now change the country’s political discourse.

Barbara Woodward, they added, should now ensure open investigations into the alleged assassination attempts against them, citing events that preceded the events of 18 and 19 February. Security forces, they claimed, targeted through the use of live bullets and even “attacked our hotels”.

The letter to the UN Security Council has not yet been answered by the government, which has nevertheless continued with plans to hold elections. On Sunday, Farmajo met some of the election dispute teams from different states besides Northeastern State and Jubaland.

With the opposition accusing the government of planned assassinations, the government, on the other hand, is accusing them of armed insurgency. Jubaland wants Farmajo out of the election process while Northeastern State president Said Abdullahi Deni accuses him of plotting to hold on to power.

“15 of Somalia’s presidential candidates are writing jointly to the British Ambo at the UN Security Council, saying the country is in dire need of Farmajo to relinquish power, allow provisional authority to plan proper elections,” said political analyst Rashid Abdi. “Very reasonable demands. To trust Farmajo to deliver a credible voice is idiotic. Hope someone listens.”

Somalia was to hold elections from December last year, but stakeholders have accused each other of failing to implement the agreement signed in September. The country’s future is now gloomy when stakeholders rush to avoid a possible political downfall.

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