State broadcaster Radio Mogadishu announced that President Mohamed Abdullahi signed into law the special resolution on his two-term extension. The parliament’s lower house unanimously decided this on Monday. The President, who also goes by his nickname Farmajo signed the controversial law despite receiving sanctions from the international community.
The Minister of Information Osman A Dubbe announced on Tuesday night,” President Mohamed Abdullahi has tonight signed the direction of one person, one vote law which was unanimously passed by parliament on April 14”. The President’s term in office expires in February 2021 after serving a four-year term. A successor is yet to be elected after a delayed nation vote which began in February.
Critics oppose the extension claiming that the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab extremist will take advantage of the countries political division and weaken the already fragile state. However, the law has received opposition from the Senate, claiming that it is illegal.
The US Secretary of State Antony J.Blinken said,” The United States is deeply disappointed by the Federal Government of Somalia’s decision to approve a legislative bill that extends the mandates of the President and parliament by two years”.It will compel the United States to reevaluate our bilateral relations with the Federal Government of Somalia, including diplomatic engagement and assistance and considering all available tools, including sanctions”.
The European Union gave its sentiments on the controversial law by saying that the law will divide Somalia and threaten Somalia and its neighbors’ peace and stability. The delayed election itself has been due to the inability to reach an agreement on carrying an election. As a result, deadly violence arose between the demonstrators who opposed an election delay.
The country has been unstable since 1991. It has been experiencing famine and attacks from al-Shabab.