MOGADISHU, 13 April 2021 – The lower house of parliament in Somalia has voted to extend for two years the term of President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmaajo”.
The upper chamber of parliament must approve the bill for it to become law.
Already the opposition and some of the most important Somali regional states have rejected the extension, insisting for elections to hold.
Farmaajo welcomed passage of the bill by an overwhelming majority of MPs.
Led by former prime minister Hassan Ali Khayre, the opposition reiterated Monday that Somalia is in serious crisis, urging the international community to intervene.
Last week, leaders of the African Union, the European Union, the United Nations, Canada, and the United States encouraged Somali leaders to compromise in order to organize elections as soon as possible.
Farmaajo’s term expired last February 8 with the government, opposition, and regional states divided on how to proceed with the organization of fresh elections.