MOGADISHU, 9 February 2021 – The regional state of Puntland has said it no longer recognizes Mohamed Farmaajo as Somalia’s president effective Monday when his term expired.
“On midnight Sunday, we will no longer recognize Farmaajo as President. We will recognize him as former President,” said Abdulahi Ali Hirsi, Puntland’s information minister during a press conference.
Speaking to parliament in Mogadishu on Saturday, Farmaajo blamed the regional governments in Puntland and Jubbaland of reportedly obstructing implementation of the September 17, 2020 election deal.
The deal, supported by two former presidents and a former prime minister call on the setting up of a “transitional council”.
Farmaajo cites a motion passed by the Federal Somali Parliament in September 2020 to argue that he remains Somalia’s legitimate leader.
The motion allowed all incumbents to only leave office once new ones are elected and sworn in.
Puntland and Jubbaland argue that without providing a deadline for such a democratic transition, the motion constitutes a coup on democratic order.
“President Farmaajo’s term of office has ended. Anyone who wants him to continue staying in power will be partly responsible for the country’s instability and collapse,” said Abdishakur Abdirahman, leader of Wadajir Party.
Farmaajo was elected for a four-year term as the ninth president of Somalia four years ago.