Somali official accuses president of attempting to cement one-man rule


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s special envoy for drought relief Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has said President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is moving to cement a one-man rule, just two years after he had protested an attempted term extension by his predecessor Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

In an interview with Dalsan TV, Abdishakur accused the President of ruling the country with near a total power and of shoving other public institutions out of the way of playing their responsibilities.

“Hassan Sheikh rules the country with a presidential system and it is observable. He represents the country in international meetings, [and] meets MPs, and there is no debate about that,” the official told Mogadishu-based Dalsan TV.

“Mr. President, do not waste money, muscle and time in that issue [moving from parliamentary to a presidential system]. Even if parliament approves that I will not accept it,” he added.

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