Several Donor Nations, Int’l Organizations Suspend Budget Support to Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Several donor nations and international organizations suspended budget support to Somalia’s government because of the delayed elections and political crisis in the country, Caasimada website has reported on Monday.

Government officials including ministerial directors said the decisions to cut budget support to the administration of president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo had come after opposition leaders and some of the country’s regional states wrote to several donor nations and international organizations over heightening political crisis, delayed elections and president’s alleged attempts of power grab.

World Bank, the European Union and governments including Saudi Arabia suspended budget funding to Somalia due to the government’s expired mandate, misuse of power and the unresolved dispute over the elections, according to the Caasimada news website.

Somali opposition leaders wrote to countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, and international organizations, warning against efforts by Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whose term ended on February 8, to  cling to power and serve another four-year term without organizing elections.

Officials at the Ministry of Finance approached for comment by Somaliguardian have confirmed that a number of donor nations cut budget funding to Somalia but stopped short in giving further details.

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