Po­lit­i­cal di­vide un­der­mines So­ma­lia

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SO­MA­LIA has been bat­tling a bloody in­sur­gency against al-Shabaab mil­i­tants, which have threat­ened the coun­try’s se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, but the po­lit­i­cal di­vide be­tween the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and fed­eral states is also un­der­min­ing the coun­try po­lit­i­cally.

“The bat­tle against al-Shabaab is go­ing well and the gov­ern­ment has pro­jected that within the next two years they will be de­feated.

“How­ever, that re­mains to be seen as for­eign in­flu­ence is ex­ac­er­bat­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” said Ab­di­aziz Ab­di­lahi, a So­mali MP and chair­per­son of the Pan African Par­lia­ment’s East­ern Cau­cus.

“The po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges fac­ing So­ma­lia cen­tre around con­sti­tu­tional is­sues,” Ab­di­lahi said at the Fifth Or­di­nary Ses­sion of PAP’s Fourth Par­lia­ment at the Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Midrand.

“There is a lack of har­mony and there is no leg­is­la­tion in place to har­monise the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the two sides, which would be out­lined in a con­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

How­ever, be­fore a con­sti­tu­tion can be for­mu­lated, the two sides would have to come to­gether to reach a con­sen­sus on that con­sti­tu­tion and that is not hap­pen­ing due to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Ab­dul­lahi Far­majo was sworn in in Fe­bru­ary, mark­ing the Horn of Africa’s first fully-func­tion­ing cen­tral gov­ern­ment in 25 years.

“The prob­lems be­tween cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the fed­eral states were ex­ac­er­bated fol­low­ing the lat­est cri­sis be­tween the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia (KSA), the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and nonGulf coun­try Egypt on one side and Qatar on the other.”

The fed­eral states are sid­ing with KSA and its al­lies, while ac­cord­ing to re­ports the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is sid­ing with Qatar though it’s meant to be neu­tral. – ANA

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