Prime minister rejects the proposed extension of the president’s term in office and calls for elections to be held.
Somalia’s president will address the nation on Tuesday after two key states rejected an extension of his term in office and the prime minister asked the country to prepare for elections, whose delay has led to the worst political violence in Mogadishu for years.
Civilians have fled their homes in the Somali capital following renewed clashes between rival factions in the security forces, which have split in a dispute over an extension to the president’s term.
Earlier this month, Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted to extend the four-year term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmaajo, but the Senate rejected the move, provoking the crisis.
Somalia’s prime minister rejected the proposed extension after two states in Somalia, erstwhile allies of the president, issued a joint statement also calling for the cancellation of the term extension on Tuesday.
“I welcome the statement issued by Galmudug and Hirshabelle states,” said Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, who also called for preparations for a new presidential election and a beefing up of security arrangements.
The presidential term extension has also angered foreign donors, who have backed Mohamed’s government in an attempt to bring stability to a country that has been racked by civil war since 1991.