Somali president says no elections next year

Somali president says elections may be postponed next year due to poor security in Somalia

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has indicated that there will be no elections next year in Somalia due to the instability in the country resulting from attacks by Al Qaeda affiliated Al Shabab militants.

Somalia’s opposition accused the government of taking advantage of the poor security situation in the country to extend its mandate.

Mohamoud denied the opposition allegations in a statement affirming that his government intends to focus on a review of Somalia’s Constitution as well as building a strong national army.

President Mohamud, whose term expires in August, said in a statement that national elections are impossible due to chaos all over the country caused by Al Shabab attacks.

Mohamud's government, elected in 2012, has asserted its authority in the African nation despite struggles with the political opposition and Al Shabab. Although Al Shabab militants have been driven out of their major strongholds over the years, they still control some parts of rural Somalia from where they continue to plot attacks.

On Sunday, at least 13 people were killed and many others injured in a car bomb attack carried out by Al Shabab in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

An  African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali army offensive last year pushed Al Shabab’s insurgency out of major strongholds, yet the group still controls some rural areas and conducts regular attacks in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, which also has forces in AMISOM.

TRTWorld and agencies