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Decision fears, which the president says will help prepare for elections in 2023, could further undermine stability.

The United States and the European Union have condemned Somali parliament’s move to extend the presidency and members of parliament by two years amid fears it could deepen divisions at home. .

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “extremely disappointed” by Tuesday’s passing of the law.

“The implementation of this bill will create serious obstacles for dialogue and further undermine peace and security in Somalia,” Blinken said in a statement.

“It will force the United States to reevaluate our bilateral relations with the Somali Federal Government, including diplomatic involvement and assistance, and review all existing instruments, including orders. punish and restrict visas, in response to efforts that undermine peace and stability, “he said.

The Somali House of Representatives voted on Monday to extend the four-year term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, expires in February, in two years.

House of Representatives Chairman Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdurahman said the measure would allow the country to prepare for direct elections but a Senate spokesman, which often had to pass legislation, immediately condemned the move. is unconstitutional.

Abdi Hashi Abdullahi warned that this would “put the country in political instability, the risk of insecurity and other unpredictable situations”.

The president and leaders of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous federal states reached an agreement in September to prepare for the indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in late 2020 and early 2021. .

But the deal broke down amid controversy over how to proceed with the vote.

The political crisis risks deepening Somalia’s divisions, distracting from the fight against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, in which thousands of civilians across the region were killed. in the past 12 years.

The African Union, the European Union, the United Nations and the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Agency for Development, said in a joint statement on Saturday that they would not support any term extension. Presidential.

After the extension was agreed, EU head of foreign policy Josep Borrell warned of a threat to stability.

“The European Union believes that the adoption and signing of this resolution will divide Somalia, causing further delays and creating a serious threat to the peace and stability of Somalia and its neighbors”, Borrell said in a statement.

“It certainly does not serve the interests of the Somali people,” he added.

The international community urged that immediate elections be held.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since the fall of Siad Barre’s military government in 1991, leading to decades of civil war and lawlessness driven by family conflict.

The country is currently governed by a provisional constitution and its organizations, such as the military, are supported internationally.



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