The President of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, called today (Friday) for the presidential elections in Somalia to be “peaceful and credible”, expressing the organization’s support for lasting peace and stability in the country.
Somalia | In a statement published on the AU account on the social network Twitter, Mahamat applauds “the successful elections of the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the Senate and People’s House of Somalia, held between 26 and 28 April 2022”.
He also calls for “a peaceful, timely and credible conclusion to the presidential elections”, the date of which is yet to be defined.
In his note, the president also reiterates the “full support” of the AU and its Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) to achieve “lasting peace and stability” in that Horn of Africa country.
Lawmakers elected Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur, known as Adan Madobe, as speaker of the lower house on Thursday, and on Tuesday, Senate President Abdi Hashi Abdullahi, a lawmaker critical of the outgoing head of state, Mohammed Abdullahi, was re-elected.
Completing the elections of the leaders of the two chambers of parliament was an essential step towards holding the presidential elections, which have been postponed several times since 2021 due to political disputes, discrepancies between clans and accusations of irregularities, despite Farmaajo’s term ending that year.
Under Somali law, the head of state must be chosen by the 329 members of parliament.
Somalia needs to have a new government in place by 17 May if it wants to continue to receive support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The systematic postponement of the elections is seen as a distraction from the country’s problems, such as the fight against Al-Shabab, which controls rural areas in the center and south and wants to establish an ultra-conservative Islamic state.
Somalia has been in a state of conflict and chaos since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991, leaving the country without effective government and in the hands of warlords and Islamist militias.
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