Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the parliamentary decision for two-year extension has not changed

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The Somali government says the door to dialogue is open, but on the other hand the recent decision by parliament extending Farmajo’s term by two years has not changed.

Somali Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud said there had been no change in the recent parliamentary decision following President Farmajo’s visit to Kinshasa. “Nothing has changed the decision of the parliament, that is the job of the parliament,” said Minister Mohamed, adding, ”Elections of all kinds, direct, indirect, elections should always be peaceful. One, all-inclusive, all-encompassing, so that the outcome is satisfactory to all.”

The Somali presidency said in a statement that President Farmajo had accepted the African Union’s role as a mediator in bringing Somalia’s political parties closer together.

Former Somali presidents and opposition politicians have strongly opposed the recent decision by the Federal Parliament to extend the current government by two years.