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Puntland leader meets his cabinet over Farmajo’s term extension

MOGADISHU (SD) – Leaders in Somalia’s northeastern regional state have started talks discussed the appropriate response to president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s move to extend his own term in office by two years.

Puntland president Saed Abdullahi Deni has today held a consultative meeting with his Cabinet barely a day he travelled back to Garowe following the collapse of the electoral talks between the federal government and its member state.

According a statement by Puntland presidency, Deni briefed the cabinet on his month-long visit to Mogadishu and efforts to resolve the long-standing stalemate over elections.

Deni is expected to address the state’s parliament on Saturday.

Sources say Deni will talk about Puntland’s stance on Somalia’s Lower House of Parliament’s decision to extend the federal government’s term for two years.

Farmaajo got two more years in office last Monday following the endorsement of a unilateral resolution by the country’s Lower House.

The 275-member chamber voted for the resolution whose text focused on the elections rather than a direct nod to the president for an extended stay in office.

The extension drew Condemnation from US, UK, and several other of Somalia’s key allies who warning of sanctions and aid cuts.

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