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Somali opposition leaders call for protests in Mogadishu over elections




The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPJ) has called for calls for a peaceful protest in Mogadishu on Friday.

Speaking to journalists, the council chairman Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is illegally governing the country for the sixth day after his term lapsed on 8 February.

The anti-government protest is scheduled to be held at Daljirka Dahson an important landmark in Mogadishu which is located near the hotel Naaso Hablood.

Meanwhile, former head of state Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has faulted President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo for failing to deliver timely elections.

Speaking in an interview, Hassan also said President Farmaajo has not made much effort on the maritime issue.

”The only path to attain consensual and inclusive elections is to resume the talks and resolve the outstanding issues regarding the 17 September 2020 election agreement,” Hassan Sheikh said.

”We reaffirm our gratitude to Somalia international partners for their continued positive contribution,”

”The President is the one who failed agree with the other leaders and he just flew to Mogadishu the following day leaving the summit.’

The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) last week said they do no longer recognise the government and for a transitional government to govern the country after President Farmaajo’s term expired on 8 February.

The leaders of Jubaland and Puntland also said they do not recognise the government as legitimate.

The federal government and the leaders of Jubaland and Puntland held a three-day summit in Dhusamareb from 5th February but failed to compromise a deal.

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Supreme Court of Somalia to hear election-related cases



Somali judicial officers at a past training

The Supreme Court of Somalia announced it will hear cases related to elections. Chief Justice Bashe Yusuf Ahmed said it would be illegal for the federal and state governments not to allow the courts to adjudicate over election cases.

“The Supreme Court is ready to hear any appeal that arises from an administrative decision made by the electoral commissions,” Bashe said.

Bashe was speaking at a judicial conference held in Mogadishu.

The Horn of Africa nation is preparing for parliamentary and peesidential elections in September and October respectively.

Somalia has no constitutional court but there is an electoral dispute resolution committee.

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Race for Villa Somalia

Former foreign minister joins race for Villa Somalia




Former Foreign minister Fawzia Adam becomes the firs female candidate to announce her candidature for Somalia presidency. Fawzia, who became Somalia’s first and only woman foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 2012, said she is joining the race for Villa Somalia to change the course of the country’s politics. More than 30 other candidates have expressed their interest for the top job. She leads the National Democratic Party.

“My sole aim is to breath a new lease of life into Somalia. Our political ideology and believes are at the heart and soul of our political trajectory in deciding the best way Forward for my nation,” Fawzia said.

“Our people are known for their dynamism, resilience and fruitful thinking when it comes to business. If they are encouraged, the country will surely get rapid development and investment,” she added.

She is running on an anti-corruption platform. Fawzia hails from Somaliland. The Horn of Africa nation will hold presidential elections on October 10.

As foreign minister, Fawzia was instrumental in Somalia’s quest to recover state properties that had been frozen by foreign administrations, institutions and firms after the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991 in order to prevent unauthorized use,  and began a formal assessment and recovery process of Somali national assets, which include ships and planes that are believed to be held in Italy, Germany and Yemen.

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Farmajo congratulation Abiy Ahmed on his election victory



President Farmajo (right) and Ethiopian Premier Abiy Aed at a past event

Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed whose party won the just-concluded elections in Ethiopia.

Somalia will continue to work with the government of Abiy Ahmed to further strengthen bilateral relations and benefit peoples of the two countries and the wider region, Farmajo said in a statement. 

“I warmly congratulate PM Abiy Ahmed on regaining a strong mandate from the people of Ethiopia,” Farmaajo said.

Abiy’s new Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, according to electoral body.

Ethiopia has thousands of troops in Somalia under Amisom, the African Union Mission in Somalia, fighting al Shabab group. Since assuming office in 2018, Abiy has been supportive of the Somali Federal Government unlike his predecessors who supported regional administrations against the government in Mogadishu.

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