Published On: Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

Somali parliament term expires, makes extension

On this day in 2012, Somalia got a federal parliament elected inside the country following more two decades of conflict, ravaging the horn of Africa and sent millions of Somalis to outside refugee camps.

During their four-year term, the lawmakers of Somali federal government filed numerous motions and ousted several prime ministers following political row with the president of the country Hassan Sheikh.

The people of Somalia were expecting to see a new national assembly, replacing the outgoing parliment, but that dream did come true after the government has made an extension term of two months.

On Friday (19th August, 2016), the UN Security Council expressed ‘regret’ over postponed electoral process, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar “without further delay.”

Sharif Mohamed Abdalla, who is a member of the outgoing Somali parliament said they did their best and served the nation for passing many proposed bills from the federal government’s cabinet ministers.

However, Federal and Regional leaders of Somalia held National Leadership Forum in Mogadishu on 12 April 2016, in which they agreed to postpone the elections to September and October, 2016.

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