Political divide undermines Somalia
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