“Respect Somalia’s sovereignty” says Somalia President, after UN & EU criticism.
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Amid rising differences between the Somali President and Prime Minister, the UN and EU have expressed great concern over the situation, to which the Somali President in return called for the “respect of Somalia’s sovereign right” and to let Somalia “determine its own future”.
Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, expressed that he was worried over the recent and growing tensions between Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, fearing that this could hinder the country’s political and security progress.
“I call on all parties to seek a mutually satisfactory compromise that will allow Somalia’s political and security progress to continue without interruption” stated Nicholas Kay in a statement, and further adding that he was “concerned about allegations of some MPs being asked to exchange votes for cash in the context of a potential ‘No Confidence’ motion, which is a disservice to Somalia’s progress towards accountability and transparency”.
A separate statement released by the EU Special Representative Alexander Rondos read: “We call upon both leaders to find a solution to their differences now, in a spirit of pragmatism and for the good of all Somali citizens”, and further added that “it is an issue that we, as a main donor, will be monitoring closely”.
On the other hand Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mahmud, released a statement after those by the UN and EU representatives, wherein he called for Somalia to be allowed to lead its own transformation and for it “to determine its own future, a future that will be determined by the people of Somalia, our Federal institutions, and our legislation”. The statement was seen by many people as a clear rebuttal of the UN and EU statements.
Others however see the statement as a bold move towards Somalia’s sovereignty and a beginning of making independent decisions without any foreign influences; however their hope is dim as they equally believe that the government is still very far from calling their own decisions.