Which way is open for Farmajo if Parliament rejects the Mogadishu agreement?

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After ninety days of controversy and confusion over the 2020/21 Federal Government elections, an agreement was reached on Thursday, September 17th, between President Farmajo and members states leaders.

Speaking at a ceremony after the agreement, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, said that he had compromised for the sake of the country, fearing that the country would fall apart, leaving behind his desire to hold a free and fair election. to extend the term of office for two years, according to the President’s statement is an extension. President Farmajo called on the parliament to accept the agreement.

The agreement was welcomed by the majority of citizens, opposition politicians, as seen in a solution of protect confusing. It is questionable how the parliament or the two houses will react to this agreement.

The Somali Times has been in contact with some of the outgoing lawmakers, who have expressed differing views on the outcome of the Mogadishu conference. Some MPs want to ratify the agreement but some of the provisions need to be changed. The polling stations should not be limited to just two cities but up to four polling stations, and this is the second article of the Mogadishu agreement.

The second point that some MPs have told Somali Times that needs to be changed Mogadishu agreement.

The selection of delegates to elect members of parliament, and opposition to civil society organizations and the state government to hand over power to the constituent community and said it should be left to the community with the seat, but the Electoral Commission to ensure that the delegates are verified.

Lawmakers told Somali Times that the unspecified details that need details will be finalized by the Joint Electoral Commission. Some lawmakers see the agreement as unconstitutional and a total repeal of the electoral law.

It is questionable how President Farmajo will handle the two differing views, it is believed that he would welcome it if a small change was made but the law was not rejected and lawmakers set a deadline, which could lead to an extension. technically no more than 5 months, but if Parliament completely rejects this agreement what is the way open for President Farmajo.

The term of the members of the Federal Parliament is coming to an end and the first Member of Parliament was elected in October 2016. Somali Times, in an interview with legal experts, found that if the President was serious about the agreement and had given way to the country, he should implement Article 90, letter O of the constitution, which states.

“The president can dissolve the parliament when his term expires, so that they can go to the polls.”

Finally, it remains to be seen in the coming days how President Farmajo will be committed to implementing the agreement reached in Mogadishu if Parliament obstructs it.