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Int’l parners’ threat only embolden terrorist organizations – Somali FM

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia warned that threats from international partners will undermine efforts to defeat terror organizations in the Horn of Africa nation.

In a statement, Somali ministry for foreign Affairs said the donors warning of sanctions and aid cuts following the extension of the president’s term in office will only embolden terrorist organizations in the country.

“Inflammatory statements laden with threats, which undermine the political independence and sovereign rights of national institutions, will only serve to embolden terrorist organizations and anti-peace elements in Somalia,” the statement reads in part.

Somalia stated that it was “deeply dismayed” to see statements from international partners that it says “misconstrues” the extension legislation as “unlawful term extensions”.

“The Somali people have longed for the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights and use the power of their voices to elect their leaders,” the minister said. “While this administration expended significant efforts towards this goal, on Sept 17th, 2020, political leaders in Somalia agreed to suspend that process and hold indirect elections instead.”

The statement noted that the newly approved resolution which was signed into law on Wednesday by Farmaajo will pave way for universal suffrage.

“Therefore, the law passed by the House of the People of the Federal Parliament on 12 April 2021 prescribing a one-person, one-vote electoral model be implemented in the country supersedes any prior arrangements reached, including the 17 September 2020 agreement,” the statement said. “In essence, this law gives the country the opportunity to implement one of the options proposed by the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC), which had previously put forward several implementable options, including a roadmap to complete the elections within 13 months.”

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