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Somalia: Eventual Mediation - unlawful power grabbing

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    Somalia: Eventual Mediation - unlawful power grabbing

    President Farmaajo's detachment from the reality that engulfed many parts of the country and the worries gripping the nation was no less surprise in his final weeks after four years in which he had wasted the most crucial responsibilities of the

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President Farmaajo's detachment from the reality that engulfed many parts of the country and the worries gripping the nation was no less surprise in his final weeks after four years in which he had wasted the most crucial responsibilities of the presidency. His last weeks characterized by insecurity, incompetence and poor planning from the failed attempts of conducting one sided elections.
The most disputed points about elections, according to the council of presidential candidates, are to take out the civil servants and the intelligence employees, from the list of what are supposed to be neutral federal and state electoral committees and to withdraw the federal troops from Gedo, so Jubaland can manage its electoral process without so called government interference. The opposition think that president Farmaajo's lack of understanding and the damage that he had already caused to other important institutions in the government are to blame.


They alleged that the Somali people can not wait to see him leave from the office as soon as possible by peaceful means. Even though, there were some mediation efforts between the government and the council of the presidential candidates, so far, nothing had changed in their respective positions. The reason is said to be the belligerence of both sides. Off course, the government disagrees their point of view.

It has been noted that the response expected to any unlawful power grabbing could be that the council of presidential candidates are likely to resort in initiating a parallel process to elect their own president. The civil society groups have warned on the Somali people to pay attention to the dangers that a parallel process could pose to democratisation process in Somalia, noting that the international community had opposed that suggestion by calling such a move to be unacceptable.

Many doubt that the president is willing to compromise or leave without a fuss when his term runs out In February. They suspect that he will try another unconstitutional move to extend his time claiming that he will carry own his duty like the parliament. ( the tenure of the parliament finished at the end of last month, but extended their term unconstitutionally, citing they would prevent what they termed as ‘ a power vacuum .)

Everyone prefers to a peaceful solution to the crises, but the problem that all ( Somalis and the international patterns) see is that the current administration led by the president and his close knit team are ignoring the concern of the others. Critics believe the deadlock can not continue as it is right now. It is time to consider new ideas.

Some members of the civil Society groups who have been speaking to the local media are suggesting that the leadership should be held accountable if they fail to sort out the crises in political means. They said that a political settlement is the key to a fair and free elections to be held when all stakeholders meet and appoint a new all inclusive electoral committee who can manage the election effectively.

It worths to be noted that other parts of the country the civil society groups have been meeting actively and trying to add their voice to settlement effort. In Jubaland, traditional leaders issued statements calling the government should avoid conducting the announced election without all inclusive agreement, otherwise, that could create unnecessary hostilities. According to local sources in Hiiraan, there were efforts to meditate between the government and local leaders in the region, despite that attempt up to now no agreement had been reached. There were reports relating to security concerns in my regions including allegations of civilian killing.

Analysts believe that it could have been good if the Somalis could have shown political maturity and managed to resolve their differences and the electoral crises on their own. But many are convinced now that they are not able to do so, because of their individualistic and narrow political interest.

It is high time that the situation gets the right attention and a decisive decision. Many think now that the international community has to come in to help the parties to mediate in order for Somalis to have more coherent and unified position and some form of consensus... The end

By Mohamed Mohamud Adde
The author is an academic and an Independent Somali Political Analyst who is based in Mogadishu.


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