Somalia at a Standstill

At the onset of his second term, President Hassan Sheikh embarked on significant initiatives, including combating al-Shabab in Somalia’s central region, particularly in Galmudug. He also traveled abroad to secure necessary support and successfully joined the East African Community (EAC).

However, it became clear that the President aimed to firmly maintain control during this term. His choice of Prime Minister, lacking leadership experience but known for humility, reflected this desire to avoid conflicts. Having faced issues with previous Prime Ministers, the President sought to prevent repeating past mistakes. This decision to select a loyal student as Prime Minister demonstrates the President’s commitment to learn from prior difficulties.
After two years, the fight against terrorism is off course, the economy struggles, and a constitutional dispute emerges. This self-serving approach hinders progress, leading to a parliamentary debate on constitutional amendments. Lack of unity among parliamentarians reveals challenges in establishing common goals. Multiple caucuses have formed but failed to sustain due to competing individual interests, making progress challenging.
Disagreements over the constitutional amendments could have been avoided with a more inclusive, transparent process. A rush to push changes through raised concerns and led to political tensions. This misguided approach prolonged conflict and deepened divisions within the country.
President Hassan’s hands-on approach ensured the approval of constitutional amendments, consolidating his authority over the Prime Minister appointment process. Despite initiating political conflict, the President achieved his desired outcomes.
Looking ahead, uncertainties in Somali politics arise due to personal interests dominating debates, conflicts deepening, and the repetition of failed strategies. Shifting political alliances add complexity to the political landscape, undermining trust and confidence. To navigate these challenges, engaging all stakeholders is crucial, alongside exploring alternative approaches to foster unity.

Dear Mr. President, overcoming internal conflicts and Al-Shabab terrorism requires involving all stakeholders and moving away from isolation. Engaging in dialogue with Puntland’s President, pursuing mutually beneficial strategies, and seeking mediation are necessary steps to resolve disputes. Learning from past mistakes, staying humble, and actively seeking constructive solutions can lead to success before the next election.

Hon. Dr. Ali Said Faqi
X: @FaqiAlis

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