Alarm over Somalia election dispute grows

A top pro-government religious scholar has warned of chaos should the country’s political stakeholders fail to reach consensus on the 2020/21 elections.

Sheikh Ali Wajis, who spoke in Mogadishu last night, said political leaders must find a solution for the impasse over the election, warning that failure to do so will endanger the country’s stability after the current government’s term of office ends.

His comments come amid uncertainty over the elections after the national electoral commission recently said a universal suffrage poll was impossible in the country this year.

Seventy prominent citizens recently issued a public letter addressed to the government and international community, warning of complete collapse of the State if elections are not held on time.

Opposition parties and influential politicians have also been raising alarm about the government’s approach to the elections, accusing it of planning to extend its term of office.