MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has departed from the capital Mogadishu on Sunday on a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The outgoing Somali president, whose approval of parliament vote to extend his term by two additional years, sparked tensions in the Horn of Africa country, is due to hold talks with Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta in Kinshasa.
As part of an African Union-led initiative, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is exerting major efforts in ending tiff with Nairobi to regain its support for his administration amid growing pressure by the international community for him to reverse decision to approve a vote that extended his term and return to talks with regional state leaders.
Somalia accuses Kenya of being a key supporter of its opposition and regional administrations against Farmajo’s government, whose term expired early this year.
During his visit to Kinshasa, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will try to garner the African Union support for vote that extended his mandate by two years.
Farmajo’s visit came after receiving an official invitation from the current African Union chair DR Congo’s president Felix Tshesekedi, officials at the Somali presidential palace have told Somaliguardian.
It’s the first visit by the outgoing Somali president to the overseas since his term ended on February 8.
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