Somalia’s return to conflict and insecurity being exploited by Alshabab

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The dispute between Farmajo and Roble has reached a climax and created great fear among the people of Somalia.

Mogadishu, Somalia (ANN)-Controversy over the power of Somalia’s two top officials, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his prime minister, has escalated to new heights.

In recent weeks, the two officials have been responding to each other in the media, contradicting each other’s decisions.

At the heart of the Farnajo-Roble dispute was the case of Ikran Tahlil, a member of Somalia’s National Intelligence Service (NISA), but death and life her family has been searching for the last two months.

Outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo last night issued a statement strongly criticizing Roble, who was previously tasked with the election process.

Mr. Farmajo said in a statement that the prime minister was taking “unprecedented steps” that could lead to political and security unrest, he began his press release as follows, “Having seen the actions in contravention of the Provisional Constitution executed by the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) Hon. Mohamed Hussein Roble as stated in Article 87, Letters (b) and (c) and Article 90, Letters (b), (c) and (e);

Having seen the administration’s deviation from the elections process and elections security mandate as clearly captured in the speech by H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia in his address before the House of the People on May 1, 2021, which was also adopted by the House ;

Having seen the Prime Minister undertaking unprecedented steps that could drive the nation to political and security crisis;

Having seen the Prime Minister seeking to infringe on the allowance rights and salaries of the Armed Forces and misuse of authority by certain institutions;

Having confirmed that the Prime Minister operated without consultation and cooperation with the President and singlehandedly issued decisions that violated the laws and the Constitution of the country which shows failure in his responsibilities.

Since the President of the Republic, is the Guardian and promoter of the fundamental principles of the Constitution;

The President has therefore enacted the following:

  1. Since the Prime Minister of the FGS has violated the Provisional Constitution, the powers of the Prime Minister and all correspondence related to dismissals or appointments have been frozen until the completion of the country’s elections by the named Independent Commissions.
  2. During this period, the various government organs shall continue providing required services to the citizens for the fulfillment of government functions as per Article 102 of the Provisional Constitution which stipulates that each Minister is responsible for the activities of their ministry and shall be considered, without subjection to dismissal or appointment until the completion of the national elections.
  3. Since the completion of the formation of Federal and State Electoral Commissions (FEIT and SEIT) and Dispute Resolution Commissions, and the attainment of full agreements on procedures, budget, electoral security plan, and completion of all elections-related aspects to hold elections under the September 17, 2020 agreement and application of the relevant procedures to resolve the concerns raised on May 27, 2021, to ensure the commencement of the bicameral elections;

Therefore, all institutions responsible for the electoral process are encouraged to expedite the process as per the published Electoral Calendar, Says the Farmajo.

Related: Somalia: Farmajo Appoints Ikran Tahlil Case Commission

Prime Minister Roble, for his part, was quick to respond to a statement from the president’s office calling it unconstitutional.

The letter, entitled “Suspending the Powers of the Prime Minister and Accelerating the Elections”, is clearly in violation of the Provisional National Constitution, and explicitly contradicts Articles 87 and 90 of the Constitution, which do not mention that the President can interfere with Powers. The Constitution of the Prime Minister and his Government “said, in response to Prime Minister Roble.

He said President Farmajo was ignoring Article 91 of the Constitution which stipulates a four-year term of office of the President from the day he is sworn in to February 8 this year, but instead tries to interfere with constitutional powers of the Government to create chaos and instability, added Roble.

Therefore, Robe said in a statement that in accordance with the agreements reached on September 17, 2020, May 27, 2021, and August 22, 2021, the National Consultative Assembly called on all Electoral Commissions at the Federal and State levels to expedite the completion. Elections to both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the general election schedule of the Country.

The dispute between the two leaders has been a major obstacle to the forthcoming elections in Somalia, and the rift between the two leaders has caused great fear among the Somali public, especially in Mogadishu, amid fears that the dispute could turn into chaos and violence, Somalia’s return to conflict and insecurity being exploited by Al-shabab militants.

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