Somalia: Somali Parliament Reverses Term Extension

On Saturday, the lower house of Somalia’s parliament approved a resolution overturning the April 12th term extension legislation, an effort to save the nation from civil war.

140 MPs attended the session. The parliament, which has not discussed the motion requested by President Farmajo, endorsed returning to the September 17 agreement reached by leaders from federal and state governments.

All 140 lawmakers at the session voted to abandon the April 12 legislation and the implementation of the September 17 election agreement.

The vote came after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addressed parliament today, where he delivered a speech calling on the parliament to rescind the April 12 resolution and endorse elections based on the September 17 election accord.

The president also said he had instructed Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to lead the arrangements of the election as well as the security of the election.

The move comes at a time when the country is experiencing a heightened tension after President Farmajo tried to extend his term by two years without an election.

On Sunday, violent clashes erupted in Mogadishu between factions within Somali armed forces.