Somalia Decries ‘Threats’ From Foreign Allies

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The government of Somalia’s outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has decried “threats” from some of its foreign backers that allegedly undermine the sovereignty of the Horn of Africa nation.

It comes just a day after US, EU and other foreign allies threatened to impose sanctions on the embattled government over decision to extend its mandate by two years.

On Tuesday, president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo signed into law a “special resolution” extending his tenure in office, drawing condemnation from several western allies.

“While we appreciate the concerns of our friends and international partners for Somalia’s stability and security, it is regrettable to witness champions of democratic principles falling short of supporting the aspirations of the Somali people to exercise their democratic rights,” Somalia’s foreign ministry said in a statement issued late Wednesday,

“Inflammatory statements laden with threats, which undermine the political independence and sovereign rights of national institutions, will only serve to embolden terrorist organizations and anti-peace elements in Somalia.”

In the statement, Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it stood by the lower house of parliament in its vote to extend the president’s term, declaring  it as lawful and necessary to pave the way for free and fair polls.

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