MOGADISHU – Somali MP Mohamed Hassan says country’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is seeking an extension of his stay in Villa Somalia beyond his mandated 4-year tenure [2017-2020].
Hon. Hassan says Mohamed has been seeking a two-three year extension after the end of his four-year term.
He says the reason for the extension will be due to insecurity situation that makes impossible to hold a one-person-one-vote election in Somalia.
“This extension proposal is a violation”, he said.
But, president Mohamed said on May that his government should not cling to power against the constitution as the extension of the term hurts credibility and the public trust.
The Horn of Africa country remains without a central administration since the ouster of former dictator President Siad Barre in 1991.
Somalia has been fighting against al-Qaeda linked Shebab rebels for more than ten years.
The group has been forced to abandon their positions in the capital in 2011, by Somali army along with African Union force.
The military operations also wrested back control of many of Al Shabaab’s bastions in southern and central Somalia.