Ex-Somali leader accuses President Farmajo of flouting constitution

Former Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has accused incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of openly disregarding provisions of the constitution and showing dictatorial tendencies as the country’s political crisis rambles on.

The former President and his Forum for National Parties coalition have recently stepped up their criticism of Farmajo over a range of issues including his inability to reach a consensus with regional states and other political stakeholders on an agreed upon electoral model for the upcoming elections.

In a press conference he held in Mogadishu, the former leader cited the manner in which former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre was ousted by parliament at Farmajo’s behest as a clear disregard for the constitution by the president.

The former President Hassan accused President Farmajo of failing to appoint a prime minister even though it is close to two months since Kheyre was ousted, terming a government that lacks legitimacy is running the country.

“What the president is doing is unconstitutional. He is like a man who is still living with and having children with his divorced wife. The current government is the same, it is an illegitimate government,” the former president said.

Opposition parties and some regional states have long accused President Farmajo of pushing the country into political instability by refusing to reach an agreement with the political stakeholders on an agreed upon solution to the electoral process.