Ex-Somali president warns gov’t against delaying upcoming election


Former Somalia President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has sent yet another warning to federal government leaders and the speakers of the two Houses of Parliament against any move to delay the upcoming 2020/2021 election or extend the terms of the president and parliament.

President Sharif accused the speakers of the two Houses of Parliament of violating the provisional constitution after they delayed the appearance of the electoral commission boss in parliament for one month.

“We warn against any attempt to delay the national election and extend the mandate of the constitutional bodies and that of the national leaders,” Sharif said.

“The government has failed in its mandate to hold a one person one vote free and fair elections. Leaders of the [federal] government will bear the responsibility for the consequences of any attempt of term extension,” Sharif added.

Several opposition leaders had previously warned against term extension for President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and parliament and accused government leaders of working to delay the upcoming election.

Sharif, who heads the Forum for National Parties coalition that brings together several political parties, has been a fierce critic of the current government.



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