Somali govt backs president’s ruling in electoral process


Somalia’s government has endorsed the president who used an executive order and called for an election in Somalia, bypassing the parliament which delayed the vote process submitted by the government last month.

The country’s outgoing parliament has delayed a vote to approve the election process multiple times, with the last one being on Saturday, raising concerns by the international community over the protracted process for the forthcoming presidential elections.

In a meeting in Mogadishu Thursday, Somalia’s cabinet ministers voted in favor of the president’s decision which come after the country’s major donors including European Union and the United States warned that failure to act quickly would ‘jeopardize’ the Somali political process and set Somalia several years back.”

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu last week, Mr. Mohamud said that he has taken the decision in line with a recent deal by the country’s stakeholders in the Somali capital and ensure holding timely elections in the country later this year.

Held in Mogadishu in April, the national consultative forum which sought ‘guiding principles’ to enable the transfer of power when the government’s mandate expires in 2016. to ensure holding timely elections in the country later this year

According to Somalia’s Provisional Federal Constitution, adopted in 2012, the mandates of the Somali Federal Parliament and of the government would come to an end in August and September 2016, respectively.

The international community which is spearheading efforts aimed at restoring peace and order into the Somalia which is recovering from decades of war mandated the current government to lead the country into general elections following the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a new parliament and the adoption of a new constitution in 2012.