Farmaajo’s onslaught on ‘rebel’ states goes on amid opposition cries Featured

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is supposed to face an election test later this year, assuming the planned calendar goes as scheduled.

His critics think he is keen on removing all ‘rebellious’ federal state Presidents and replacing them with those loyal to him, first.

Last week, a new President was elected in Galmudug, one of the five federal states in Somalia, but the election was boycotted by some leaders, who went on to run parallel polls.

The winner of the boycotted elections, Ahmed Abdi Kariye Qoorqoor, was quickly sworn-in after being endorsed by Mogadishu, the United States, regional bloc IGAD and the African Union.


Some Somali government officials told the Nation that the acknowledgement and quick swearing-in was to avoid chaos, especially since Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) also elected its own leader, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir.