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UK opposes term extension for Farmajo

MOGADISHU (SD) – UK government has today confirmed that it will not support an automatic extension of previous mandates amid speculations claimed that Somali president has convened the lawmakers to endorse a proposed term extension.

In a statement, UK urged Somali political stakeholders to come together and reach consensus on implementing the electoral process, according to the model agreed on 17 September and the recommendations of the 16 February Baidoa Technical Committee.

“We call on Somalia’s leaders to overcome the deadlock, engage in constructive dialogue and hold inclusive and credible elections as soon as possible,” Uk government said in the statement.

The statement also warned against parallel electoral process which could deteriorate the situation of the country.

“The UK will not support actions that lead to a partial or parallel electoral process, or an automatic extension of previous mandates,” the statement reads in part.

UK’s remarks come just hours before Somali lawmakers meet in Mogadishu to discuss the situation of the country and COVID-19.

The opposition had been warning that President Farmajo plans to seek extension as his mandate term lapsed last month.

Over twelve presidential candidates and leaders of Puntland and Jubbaland states have formed a alliance dubbed National Salvation Forum (NSF) to press Farmajo hold elections in the country.

International community has also been calling on Somali leaders to elections in the country, with UN warning that the continued political standoff in Somalia threatens its stability.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern at the continued political impasse regarding the holding of elections in Somalia, despite several rounds of consultations amongst Somali political actors, both at technical and principal levels.  The protracted stalemate carries significant risks for the stability of the country and the welfare of the Somali people, who are already facing a dire humanitarian situation and precarious security conditions,” UN said in the statement issued in last week.

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