The Union of Candidates met in Mogadishu last night to deliberate the situation in Somalia, in particular the decision by outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo to suspend the power of the Prime Minister.
The Council of Candidates Union has called the move unconstitutional and a violation of the work of the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble.
“Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has led the country into political and security crisis that could jeopardize the stability of Somalia. The council recommended that the international community recognize Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his advisers as “spoilers” and called on the Somali people to recognize the prime minister.”
The Union of Candidates said they view outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s decision:
1. That the outgoing President violated the Constitution of the country and lied about its provisions, which shows that he has not fulfilled his responsibility to uphold the Constitution and appears to be a politically unstable individual who cannot be trusted with the highest office in the country.
2. That the outgoing President is obstructing justice in the Ikraan Tahlil case, providing protection to the accused involved in the case, and disrupting the electoral process, especially those of the northern regions of Somaliland and the Benadiri community in Mogadishu.
3. That the outgoing President constantly violates the agreement reached on May 27, undermines the power of the Prime Minister, and gives special powers to secret networks that are parallel to the work of the Prime Minister, which were intended to rob the elections for the outgoing President.
The Union of Candidates has also issued seven points, most of which show its support for the Prime Minister.
The seven points are:
1. That the caretaker Prime Minister expedite the election process and bring justice to the Ikran Tahlil case.
2. (Prime Minister) To call for National Council meeting urgently to engage and discuss in electoral planning, the transition period and current political instability.
3. That the outgoing President and his advisers be recognized as spoilers (and) against the stability of the country.
4. That the Armed Forces refrain from meddling in politics in accordance with Article 127 of the Constitution and the agreement of 27 May.
5. That the people of Somalia, the states and the international community stand by the Prime Minister to bring justice to the Ikran Tahlil case and to hold swift and peaceful elections in a calm and peaceful environment.
6. To avoid any conflict (that) can create tension, and focus all attention on anyone who tries to create a security crisis.
7. That the Council of Union Candidates are always ready to take any step to strengthen the security and stability of the country.