Journalist and researcher Abdul Qadir Muhammad Othman said that internal, regional and international pressures forced Somali President Muhammad Abdullah Farmajo to backtrack on the decision to extend him to the presidency for an additional two years.
Othman added in statements to the “Beyond the News” program in its episode on (1/5/2021) that in the face of these pressures, President Farmajo found himself obliged to return to the agreement that was signed on September 17, 2020, which stipulates the holding of presidential and legislative elections every 4 years.
The term of President Farmajo ended last February, but he decided to extend himself for a period of two years, and his decision won the full approval of Parliament.
The Somali journalist justified Farmajo’s decision to extend himself, due to the rejection of some state leaders in Somalia of the September 2020 agreement, and also because of the interference of some neighboring countries that were interfering with the internal Somali affairs.
But journalist Adam Sheikh Hassan saw that Farmajo made a mistake in his calculations when he decided to extend himself for a period of two years, and that he had gambled on the support of the African Union, forgetting the needs of the internal Somali community and opening a dialogue with this community.
But according to Adam Al-Sheikh, the African Union dealt a blow to Farmajo, and insisted on adhering to the September 2020 agreement and holding the elections on time. And adhere to its position vis-à-vis the mounting internal and external pressure.
According to Muhammad Mukhtar Al-Shanqeeti, a professor of ethics at Hamad University, the most important lesson that can be learned from Somalia’s recent experience is that the weakness of the authority and its lack of control over the internal forces completely may be beneficial, indicating that it was this weakness that forced the Somali president to return to abide by what was reached. To him and not to be stubborn and stick to the chair.
With regard to Farmajo’s chances of winning the upcoming elections that are held indirectly and supervised by the prime minister, Shanqeeti believes that the complexity of the Somali elections – in which the tribes have a great influence – makes the way open for Farmajo to return to the presidency.
He did not rule out that his decision to extend the extension had a negative impact on the size of his chances of winning, but he indicated that the man is also reckoned that he retracted the decision to extend the extension, and did not stand up for a long time to stay in power. Advertising
As for Adam Al-Sheikh, he believed that not only the president’s image was distorted by the extension decision, but also the parliament that approved this extension.