Somalia: Galmudug president planning to extend term in office

Ahmed Qoorqoor

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The President of central Somalia’s Galmudug state Ahmed Qoorqoor is planning to extend his term in office after his Southwest and Jubaland counterparts have made similar moves recently, Caasimada Online news website reported on Sunday.

Qoorqoor has begun to mount pressure on regional parliament leadership to accept a motion tabled by some MPs proposing to the amend some of the clauses of region’s constitution, including one that limits regional leader’s term to four years.

He wants to extend his term by another 1 year, though it’s yet unclear if MPs would approve the motion.

The leaders of Jubaland Ahmed Madobe and Southwest State Abdiasis Laftagaren had made similar controversial moves recently, triggering the ire of the federal government which has not yet publicly spoken about the decisions.

Planned term extension by Qoorqoor comes as all eyes are on the Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s response to the presidential mandate extensions endorsed by the parliaments of Jubaland and Southwest states.

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