Mogadishu, July 1, 2020

President Mohamed Abdullahi FARMAAJO of Somalia is extremely committed to his own re-election to a 2nd term as the next Resident of Villa Somalia in poorly scheduled and ill-prepared National Election of 20/21, with national consensus yet to occur – in fact, time to hold such elections is running out already. He intends to achieve this by any means necessary, including gross violation of the Federal Constitution, dismantling of Federal Institutions and state structures. The latest serious manifestation of his illegal and unconstitutional activities to get re-elected is the manufacture of 13-Senate Seats for Banadir Region (ten seats more than the constitutionally provisioned like any other region of the 18 regions in Somalia).

According to reliable sources, because of the outcry and political fallout resulting from illegal insertion of “13 New Banadir Senators” into the Upper Chamber, the Senate would be expanded further to a 100 Senate Chamber to accommodate grievances from regions and Federal Member States.  Would this work out? The last chance to work out a modicum of agreement on 20/21 Electoral Prcocess depends on a potential meeting between FARMAAJO Government, Federal Member States and Banadir Region. It is unlikely that, if that meeting is finally held, it will end up without acrimony. The International Community working with Somalia is as confused as it incompetent, only taking its cues from equally incompetent and compromised NIEC Director, Halima Yarey, a chairperson sitting on the electoral process for more than a decade without a movement.

Federal Parliament seats would be moved and shuffled around like a domino pieces from one constituency to another, based on political loyalty and expediency for FARMAAJO re-election.

According to persons in the know, FARMAAJO,  the President, Hassan Ali Khayre, the Prime Minister and Fahad Yassin Haji Dahir, the Director of National Intelligence, are now wildly engaged in scorch-earth campaign of Farmaajo re-election with the Gulf-state of Qatar being readied to fund Farmaajo re-election once again. According to these reliable news sources, nothing is sacred for Farmaajo to sure re-election. His re-election would be the highest manifestations of corruption, election fraud and criminality yet in the political history of Somalia, with, unashamedly, collusion with foreign powers.

Would President Farmaajo beat the odds of Somali Political Doctrine (No 2nd Chance in Politics)?

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:

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