Farmajo holds power in a bloodless coup, says candidate

He said they will take immediate action if Farmajo insists to remain in office without the legitimacy to rule the country beyond his mandate. The former president failed to lead the country to timely elections.

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Farmajo holds power in a bloodless coup, says candidate

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A leading opposition candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has accused outgoing president Farmajo of staying in the presidential palace in a bloodless coup.

During a press conference in Mogadishu on Monday, Warsame said the Union of presidential candidates will no longer recognize Farmajo as legitimate president after his 4 year-term officially ended on Feb 8.

He said they will take immediate action if Farmajo insists to remain in office without the legitimacy to rule the country beyond his mandate. The former president failed to lead the country to timely elections.

The former planning minister who is a fierce critic of Farmajo called on the international partners not to waste time supporting term-ended leaders seeking an illegal extension through force and use of violence.

The political crisis in Somalia reached its climax when Farmajo’s term expired on February 8 with no election in the country and the opposition vowing creation of a national council made up of the Federal States, speakers of the two houses of parliament, civil society, and candidates’ alliance.

The UN security council is holding a closed-door meeting on Somalia at the request of the United Kingdom [UK] to seek a lasting solution for the electoral stalemate in the Horn of Africa nation.

This comes as international partners urge Somali leaders to reach a consensus on the deadlock and agree on an inclusive deal to hold peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible.

KON English News Desk

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