Who will replace President Farmajo in 2021?

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Somali President Mohamed Farmajo has reiterated his government’s commitment to hold a one – person vote elections in a transparent manner later this year. Addressing a joint session of the Federal Parliament,

President Farmajo said, ‘Somalis are expected to exercise their individual rights to vote, noting time had come to select the country’s leaders differently. It’s clear that the elections, we are planning to hold are different from the previous elections, which took place in the country,” the president said. ‘Noting that time had come for Somali citizens to choose their own leaders without fear of violence.’

President Farmajo called on the public to come out in large numbers and vote when the time comes. “I urge the Somali people to come out and vote freely and to vote for the party they want to overcome the deadly diseases such as tribalism,” said President Farmajo when he uses clan and tribalism himself against the Jubaland administration.

The President assured that the upcoming elections will not be based on the clan system which has been the case in previous elections. President Farmajo lies in a joint session of the Federal Parliament.

“Dear Parliamentarians, you have passed the elections bill which I have even assented to and I can assure you that this country will no longer hold elections based on clans or bloodshed,” the president added. “We are heading for an election where every citizen will be able to vote and elect their favorite candidate and political party.”

Parliamentary elections are slated for October this year while a new president is expected to be elected in February 2021. The president addressed the house after a section of lawmakers booed him.