Somalia: Troubled Elections Hit New Snag

Tensions: President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, left, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble

Somalilandsun:  Somalia failed to conclude elections for the lower house of parliament by a deadline Tuesday, marking the latest hitch in a deeply troubled process to appoint a new president.

The mandate of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmajo, expired in February 2021 but was then controversially extended by parliament, triggering deadly clashes.

Under a complex indirect election system, the lower house plays a crucial role in appointing the president.

The five federal state assemblies, as well as delegates chosen by clans, choose legislators who in turn name the president.

Members should have been elected to the lower house by February 25 — a deadline that the government extended to March 15.

As the latest deadline loomed on Tuesday, the federal states of the South West and the Galmudug had elected their representatives to the 275-seat body, according to an AFP count using official data.

However, 39 seats remained unfilled in the three other states — Jubaland, Hirshabelle, Puntland, down from 40 earlier Tuesday.

The Puntland electoral authorities said voting for the state’s last six seats would take place Friday.

The government did not immediately comment.  Continue reading