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Somalia’s President, Mohammed, extends mandate for two years

by Kunle Awosiyan
Somalia' s president

Somalia’s President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, popularly called ‘Farmajo’ has signed a controversial law extending his tenure for another two years.

This comes despite threats of sanctions from the international community.

The country’s lower house of parliament on Monday voted to extend the president’s mandate — which expired in February.

However the speaker of the Senate has declared the move unconstitutional as the resolution was not put before the upper house in accordance to the law.

Farmajo and the leaders of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous federal states had reached an agreement in September that paved the way for indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in late 2020 and early 2021.

But the Center could not hold on how to conduct the election.

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