MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – The Somali president will address the people on Tuesday evening after two powerful countries in the region objected to his extension.
President Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed did not comment publicly as hundreds of soldiers took up positions in the capital on Sunday to oppose his two-year extension. The United Nations, the African Union, the United States and members of the international community, alarmed by the unusual sight, warned on Tuesday against the “emerging disintegration” of the Somali national army along clan lines.
Some residents fled, worrying that Somalia would oppose the conflict after years of trying to rebuild it.
Shortly afterwards, Hirschbel աբ Galmudug province opposed the extension of the presidency and called for a return to talks on national elections scheduled for early February.
Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble defended the joint statement, calling on security forces to return to their barracks. He urged opposition leaders to stop any action that could damage Somalia’s stability.
The president has faced growing opposition in Somalia and abroad after the lower house of parliament approved the extension of his mandate, which he signed into law, before the fury of Senate leaders.
Somalia’s elections have been postponed amid disputes between the federal government and the state of Puntland’s Ubbaland. The United Nations and others have warned that uncertainty threatens the country, which is recovering from three decades of conflict, and that al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab could take advantage of the chaos.
The president, a former US citizen who relinquished that status during his tenure, sought to defend his election-related actions in a recent interview with The Buffalo News, saying Somalia “cannot afford a power vacuum”. officials to hold the first single-vote elections in decades. He added. “Who can rule if we leave?”
The purpose of the direct elections in Somalia remains unclear. It was designed to take place this time. Instead, the federal government ները states agreed on regular “indirect elections”, with senators և members of parliament in each member state elected by community leaders, delegates from powerful clans. Members of parliament and senators then elect the president of Somalia.
The opposition leaders’ bloc, along with civil society groups, objected, arguing that it had no say in their own country’s politics.
In an interview with The Buffalo News, the president called the current election model undemocratic. To the question whether he will hand over power peacefully if someone else is elected, he answered. “Absolutely, without hesitation.”