Somalia misses deadline to hold presidential vote

President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed's term ends on Monday

Somalia has missed a key deadline to hold a presidential election on 8 February, plunging the country into political uncertainty.

The first term of incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed ends on Monday.

Talks between the federal government and regional states on how to proceed with elections collapsed on 5 February.

In a statement on Monday, opposition presidential candidates said they would cease to recognise Mr Farmajo as president because his term had expired.

They called for the formation of a transitional body made up of the speakers of the two houses, leaders of regional administrations and representatives from their alliance to steer the country towards elections.

They also urged the Somali National Army to stop taking orders from President Farmajo from Monday.

To avoid a power vacuum, a parliamentary resolution passed last year allows the president and parliament to remain in office until successors are elected.

There is still a stalemate and it is not clear when the election will be held.

The country had already missed a deadline to hold parliamentary elections in December 2020 because of persistent disputes between the federal government and some regional administrations.


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