Somalia: Cracks Emerge in Government and Opposition Deal


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Cracks have started to show in a recent deal reached by Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and the country’s opposition over issues including the electoral process, weeks after the government’s mandate expired.

In a recent deal signed between the opposition and the PM, the two sides agreed that opposition leaders would participate in talks over the upcoming elections.

In a statement issued a few days after the agreement, Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo called for a meeting with regional state leaders and the mayor of Mogadishu to end deadlock over the polls despite absence of opposition presidential candidates.

The president reneged on one of the six terms in the deal signed with the opposition on February 25.

Opposition leaders said Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whose constitutional term ended, was undermining the deal to continue his grip on power.

Former Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has launched a stinging attack on Farmajo on Tuesday and urged him to leave office as he cannot serve an acting position after his term ended.

“The president has no right to continue security and election tasks,” former president Hassan Sheikh said, who also vowed that opposition protests will be held on schedule, calling on the government not to try to  foil the peaceful march.

Somali government has set conditions for the opposition protest to be held, saying that supporters are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing to slow down spread of COVID-19.

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