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Somali Lower House annuls Farmaajo’s term extension

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s lower house members have today voted to cancel a two-year controversial term extension for president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo barely a week after the country’s capital city witnessed clashes triggered by the delay of the election in the horn of Africa nation.

Mid last month, the members passed a resolution granting the house and Farmaajo two years to stay in office, inviting fierce fighting between Somali forces and pro-opposition SNA soldiers which forced over 60,000 people to flee their homes.

Ahead of the vote, Farmaajo appealed to the lawmakers to endorse the Agreement between the Federal Government and the Federal Member States in September 2020 and subsequently approved by the Lower House.

“The reason we are going back to this agreement is that it was unanimously supported by the national consultative forum in order to save the country from political instability and to urgently head to commonly agreed elections,” Farmaajo told lawmakers.

All the 140 lawmakers present at house voted for president Farmaajo’s request to re-endorse the September 12, 2020 Mogadishu Agreement between Farmaajo and Presidents of Federal Member State.

Faramaajo conceded electoral power and security to his Prime Minister Hussein Roble.

“I would like to state that our PM Roble will spearhead the process of preparations and the implementation of the electoral process including key election security arrangements to ensure elections take in a peaceful and stable atmosphere,” Farmaajo said.

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