Somalia: Farmaajo accuses the Prime Minister of incompetence in the management of the elections

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Somalia: Farmaajo accuses the Prime Minister of incompetence in the management of the elections

MOGADISHU, Somalia – For the second time this year, the political divide between outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has resurfaced amid an electoral crisis in the Horn of Africa country.

In a statement issued by the presidency, Farmajo accused the prime minister of incompetence in the management of the electoral process and of sowing division among the electoral teams responsible for overseeing the vote.

“Prime Minister Roble failed to fulfill his mandate to lead an election based on the September 17, 2020 agreement and finalization procedures released on October 1, 2020,” the statement read in part.

The prime minister who took over from Farmaajo in charge of the elections in May this year has been accused of making personal decisions regarding the implementation of the elections, which hampered the smooth running of the electoral process.

“After it became clear that the Prime Minister broke the rules of the electoral process and divided the electoral commissions and violated their independence, I call for a meeting to decide on a competent leadership to lead the country to a transparent election “, added the statement.

The statement precedes the scheduled meeting of the National Advisory Council convened by the prime minister in Mogadishu on December 27 to discuss speeding up elections and resolving allegations of fraud.

In addition, Farmaajo invited the leaders of the five federal states and the governor of the regional administration of Benadir to a conference to agree on a leadership capable of implementing free and fair elections.

This means Farmaajo is plotting to oust the prime minister in office since 2020, replacing Hassan Ali Khaire after the lower house removed him from office in a vote of no confidence.

In September of this year, Farmaajo suspended Roble’s power to hire and fire civil servants, the latest development in a destabilizing feud that has plunged the country into yet another crisis.

Farmaajo’s four-year term expired in February but was extended by parliament in April, sparking deadly clashes in the capital Mogadishu, with some rivals seeing it as a blatant takeover.

Somalia has three times missed the deadlines set for its legislative and presidential elections this year due to frequent political differences between key leaders who have long been deadlocked on the process.

Elections in the country follow a complex indirect pattern, where state legislatures and clan delegates choose lawmakers for the national parliament [Senate 45 and Lower House 275] who, in turn, chooses the president.

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