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Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 18:26
Somalia's president signs law extending his mandate for 2 years
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 18:26 By Xinhua

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo delivers a speech during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov 26, 2018. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP)

MOGADISHU - Somali President Mohamed Farmajo on Tuesday evening signed into law a new resolution on the electoral process, which grants the president a two-year extension of his term.

Osman Dubbe, Somali information minister, said Farmajo signed the Special Electoral Law after Western nations warned that they will reevaluate their diplomatic engagement with Somalia.

The Lower House of Parliament voted Monday to extend the president's term for another two years

The Lower House of Parliament voted Monday to extend the president's term for another two years.

Mohamed Mursal, the Lower House speaker, said the new law would allow the government to prepare for direct elections in 2023.

However, the new law did not get approval from the Upper House of Parliament (Senate). Senate Speaker Abdi Hashi, who would usually approve the legislation immediately, said the move was unconstitutional.

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Farmajo's four-year term officially ended on Feb. 8. The president was unable to reach a deal on how to carry out the election with the leaders of regional states of Puntland and Jubbaland, who objected some electoral issues.

The Unites States and the European Union have already warned that the extension of the president's term will compel them to reevaluate bilateral relations with Somalia, including possible sanctions and visa restrictions.

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The Horn of Africa nation held one-person, one-vote elections in March 1969 when the government was overthrown in a military coup.

Somalia's parliamentary and presidential elections took place in late 2016 and early 2017 through indirect suffrage. 

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