Former Somali presidents blast government leaders over poll failures

Former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has once again accused leaders of the federal government of failing to prepare the country for elections.

President Mohamud, who addressed an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Somalia’s independence, called on the government to engage the other political stakeholders in the country to negotiate an inclusive election process.

He warned of instability should government leaders fail to conduct elections when their terms of office end.

Separately, former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has expressed concern over the political situation in the country and the government’s lack of preparation for the 2020/2021 elections.

He called on political stakeholders in the country to work towards saving the country by ensuring elections take place, adding that it was obvious the current government leaders have no intention to hold a free and fair poll.

The former leaders’ comments come after the electoral commission recently requested an extension of mandate, arguing that the country was not yet ready to hold one-man one-vote elections.