Farmajo arrives in Qatar amid electoral disaster in Somalia


Doha, Qatar – Outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo arrived in Qatar’s capital Doha on Monday night in what his workplace known as a two-day go to sanctioned by the Gulf nation’s high chief, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad.

Farmajo accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Sports as nicely because the First Lady had been warmly welcomed at Doha International Airport by the Minister of State Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and HE the Ambassador of Somalia to Qatar Abdirizak Farah Ali Tano.

Monday’s journey to Doha is Farmaajo’s first since his time period formally expired on February 8, 2021. The president has but to be re-elected attributable to unprecedented delays, which Villa Somalia has been closely accused of plotting. .

In a press release, Villa Somalia mentioned Farmaajo will attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA Arab World Cup, which is attributable to begin in Doha on Tuesday. The match is utilized by Arab League nations as a warm-up forward of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.

Farmaajo, Villa Somalia famous, was invited by the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, with whom Somalia enjoys cordial relations beneath his administration. Qatar funded Farmajo’s election in 2017, in line with opposition leaders.

His journey comes as Somalia is locked in an electoral vacuum during which Villa Somalia has been blamed. A bit of opposition leaders led by former presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud demanded the annulment of the decrease home elections, citing embezzlement.

The crew met with Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Sunday the place they filed grievances, together with alleged interference within the elections by Farmaajo and his allies. They accused the federal crew of oblique elections [FIET] and a few state groups for oblique elections [SIET] to return to an settlement with Villa Somalia to rig the potential winners.

Although the federal government strongly denied these allegations, the opposition succeeded earlier this yr in difficult quite a lot of individuals who had been a part of FIET. It is alleged that Farmaajo, a former member of the National Intelligence Security Agency [NISA] the boss Fahad Yasin, put in state brokers within the committee.

Yasin, a former Al-Jazeera journalist, was sacked by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble from his submit as director of NISA, however was rapidly absorbed into Farmaajo as a safety adviser in Villa Somalia. He additionally maintains shut ties with Qatar, the place he labored for a few years.

Farmaajo is predicted to face a bunch of candidates within the upcoming presidential elections, together with Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as nicely as former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and occasion chief Wadajir Abdirahman Abdishakur.



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