Somalia’s President signs law extending his term

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Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has signed a law extending his presidential mandate by two years.

This follows the parliament’s approval of a motion to extend the term over the dispute that has caused a delay in conducting an election.

Farmajo’s term expired on 8 February while that of the parliament ended in December – and indirect parliamentary and presidential elections that should have followed have been derailed by political disagreements.

Somali opposition leaders and the regional states of Jubbaland and Puntland, as well as the country’s senate, have rejected parliament’s decision.

Somalia’s donors, including the United States and the European Union have also opposed the decision.

The EU on Tuesday said the action was divisive and posed a grave threat to the peace and stability of the country.

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