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Former Somali President slams National Consultative Council decisions

Sunday May 19, 2024

Mogadishu (HOL) - Former Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has opposed the decisions made at the National Consultative Council meeting in Mogadishu, describing them as exacerbating political tensions in the country.

In a statement on Sunday, Farmaajo highlighted that the absence of the Puntland leader from the meeting indicated a lack of confidence in the Council. He accused President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of making decisions against the federalization and democratization of the country.

"It is unfortunate that the leadership of the country continues with their own selfish plans, which are exacerbating the political crisis and undermining the governance and legitimacy of the Federal Institutions," said Farmaajo.

Farmaajo strongly criticized the election process provisions from the National Consultative Council meeting, underscoring that the election process is being diverted from the proper procedure that should involve transparent elections.

“The suspension of the constitution has caused the loss of legitimacy and cooperation among government agencies. It was expected that the meeting would return to the constitutional system that was agreed upon, but it is unfortunate that the country's leadership continues to carry out perverse plans that reflect their own interests,” he added.

During their four-day meeting in Mogadishu last week, federal and Federal Member State leaders endorsed amendments to the first four chapters of the constitution. They urged parliament to expedite the approval of the remaining chapters, considering past agreements reached by the National Consultative Council.

Puntland leader Said Deni did not participate in the meeting and remains opposed to the constitutional changes. He stated that the meeting lacked consensus and did not serve the interests of the Somali nation.


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