President Mohammed Farmaajo of Somalia has finally made a decision to allow elections in Somalia, this is despite the lower house of parliament giving him a 2 year term extension on his rule on 12 April 2021.
President Farmaajo of Somalia [Photo/Courtesy]
The amount of pressure that has been mounting on Somalia seems to have been the cause of his change in mind. The major donors to the donor-dependent country stated categorically that they will no longer support Somalia without a democratic election happening.
The decision to extend Farmajoo's rule was also a contravention to an agreement signed on 17 September last year, which set out an indirect election model.
President Farmaajo (left) meeting President Tshisekedi on 19 April 2021 [Photo/Courtesy]
Very late in the night, Farmaajo took to his social media pages to write the following, "I welcome African Union to take a leading role in facilitating an election process in which every citizen elects their representatives through free and fair elections. All Somali stakeholders will actively participate in the dialogue on the future of our democracy."
The tensions in Somaliland will most likely settle down now.
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