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The extension comes as the Galmudug state is at war with Al-Shabaab in Galgadud region, where the local residents are taking arms to support the regional and national army forces.
DHUSAMAREB, Somalia - The lawmakers of Galmudug State on Tuesday announced they have extended the mandate of the sitting president Ahmed Abdi Kariye [Qoor-Qoor] by one year.
The term of office of the president of Galmudug was initially 4 years, but now it will be 5 years after the extension by the parliament. Today's session was attended by 56 MPs, who all voted yes.
This plan has been going on for the last few weeks, as the members of the regional assembly in the city of Dhusamareeb, the capital of Galmudug were waiting for the president's trip to Mogadishu.
The extension took place while the president is in the capital of the country, where he attended the talks between the Federal Government's president Hassan Sheikh and the five regional states.
The move comes as the Galmudug state is at war with Al-Shabaab in Galgadud region, where the local residents are taking arms to support the regional and national army forces.
Qoor-Qoor followed the footsteps of his counterparts of the HirShabelle, Southwest, and Jubaland who have extended their term in office for one year.
Local sources said it was expected that Qoor-Qoor would use the extension to organize presidential and parliamentary elections to be held in 2025 when Hassan Hassan Sheikh's mandate expires.