Somalia’s Farmajo launches re-election bid, woos MPs with continuation of change


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo officially announced on Sunday that he would seek re-election for a second term, vowing that he would continue a “change” he pushed through over the past five years if he is again anointed as the Horn of Africa country’s leader.

In a video message released by his media office, Farmajo called on MPs to vote in his favor, promising that he would preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Somalia, and that he would take the country forward.

I am sending the first call to the dignified MPs of both chambers, I am asking for their votes to win together, and develop our country and people, and further continue the change we have pushed through from February 2017,” Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said.

“[Somalis] Wherever you are, I am asking you with respect to stand shoulder-shoulder with my re-election, which is based on the interest of the people.”

Critics of the incumbent President accuse him of failing to deliver on his 2017 promises and that during his his reign not a single town was captured from Al-Shabaab in contrary to his pledge that he would eliminate the group within two years. But for his supporters, the man has presided over a period of reform within government institutions and restored the dignity of the Somali nation.

His announcement comes just a few days before a presidential vote that will pit him against more than a dozen opposition candidates, including two of his predecessors and his former Prime Minister.

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