the deputies vote for the extension of the mandate

In Somalia, the lower house of parliament voted on Monday, April 12, to extend the term of the outgoing president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as “Farmajo” by two years.

This vote is intended to block the political crisis that the country entered into on February 8, when the president’s term had expired and the presidential election could not be held. Since then, negotiations with the opposition, which no longer recognized its legitimacy, had yielded nothing.

In the middle of the afternoon, with a show of hands, the deputies of the lower house of the Somali Parliament, after a brief debate, adopted the resolution introduced by its presidency with 149 votes in favor, 3 against and one abstention.

This resolution gives the Electoral Commission two years to organize a presidential election by universal suffrage and extends the mandate of the federal authorities until this period.

It is a way out of the stalemate where political actors had been engaged for two months. The presidency has chosen to overturn the table, as the vote on Monday effectively invalidates the framework agreement from September last year, signed between it and the opposition, and any new negotiations on the subject.

This vote also runs counter to the wishes of Somalia’s international partners, who have been calling for dialogue, but also warned that they would not accept an extension of the presidency.

Several opposition figures condemned a “coup”. Parliament’s upper house even declared the lower house’s resolution “unconstitutional”, as it also does not benefit from its approval.

President Farmajo, for his part, welcomed the “return of the democratic path” and promised to do everything possible to organize an election as soon as possible.

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