Somalia’s Int’l Partners Press Farmajo to Reverse Term Extension Move


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s international partners told the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to roll back decision to extend his term by additional two years, after it expired on February 8.

The meeting held at the request of the outgoing president took place at Afisyoni camp in Mogadishu on Saturday, having in attendance of UN and US representatives and diplomats from the European Union and the UK.

The international community representatives urged Farmajo to rescind his decision to approve a legislative that extended his tenure in office and to return to talks with regional state leaders to bring elections stalemate to an end.

UN and EU diplomats warned president Farmajo of severe consequences, including sanctions and visa restrictions if he does not reverse the approval of the mandate extension vote.

It comes nearly a week after Somalia’s parliament voted to extend president’s mandate by two years in what the opposition described as an attempt to hand Farmajo an opportunity to exercise a power grab and rule the country by “Afwerki-style dictatorship”.

The international partners sternly reiterated that relations with Somalia’s government would be reevaluated and that it will face consequences if it fails to show serious commitment to ending the stalemate.

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