US must not repeat past violations in new Somalia mission: Rights group
The return of former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was re-elected into office on Sunday night following an intense contest with the incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, has raised optimism of a resumption of normalcy in relations with Somalia.
According to a joint parliamentary committee tasked with organizing the election, the registration began on Sunday and will go on until Tuesday to give a chance to the remaining candidates, including Said Deni.
International pressure, including threats by the International Monetary Fund to suspend the debt review programme, has pushed Somali politicians back into the electoral schedule.
The General’s remarks come as the Federal election body [FEIT] announced a new parliament will be sworn-in on April 14 in Mogadishu as the much-delayed election that began in July 2021 is now at the conclusion stage.
He said Farmaajo is losing the battle with Jubaland president Ahmed Madobe over influence in the Gedo region, forcing him to use the foreign militia to influence and destabilize Jubaland.
Nasri served two months in the NISA jail in 2019, where he faced torture as a result of his rejection to carry out a plot by Villa Somalia to assassinate Jubaland president Ahmed Madobe.
The country has picked 246 parliament members out of the 275 Lower House seats since Nov 2021. There are 29 seats still remain unfilled in HirShabelle and Jubaland.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the move in a statement, saying it will be applied to those "who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Somalia."
Somalia has been hit by the deadliest single-day terrorist truck bomb attack in Mogadishu that left nearly one thousand people under his watch.
Farmajo has been backing Abdiaziz Lafta-Garen who served as public works minister in his government which committed the massacre of 11 protesters in Baidoa during a pro-Robow demonstration in Dec 2018.
According to the office of the PM, Roble jetted off to the Gulf country after receiving an invitation to visit Abu Dhabi amid election turmoil in Somalia and a bitter feud between him and President Farmajo.
The deployment has further fueled the tension, with residents fearing possible clashes between the troops and the armed clan militia controlling parts of the city which is prone to a conflict.