Jubaland president’s term extension sparks anger, formation of opposition council

Ahmed Madobe

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A recent vote by the parliament of Somalia’s Jubaland state to extend the term of regional President Ahmed Madobe by an additional year has triggered fury, with some of his former allies announcing an opposition against him in Mogadishu.

In a conference held in Mogadishu on Monday, politicians including former regional Vice President Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail (Fartag) and former Jubaland Security Minister Abdirashid Janan opposed the term extension.

They said the move is aimed at establishing an authoritarian monarchy in the region in which Ahmed Madobe, who has been ruling Jubaland for more than 12 years, would serve beyond his constitutional tenure.

Politicians at the meeting called on Somali incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, who supported Ahmed Madobe’s controversial election in 2019, to step in to prevent political crisis in the region.

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