Monday, March 25, 2019

A Scorecard for Somalia's President

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, which is based in Mogadishu, published in March 2019 a report titled "Farmaajo's Presidency: A Scorecard for the First Two Years and the Prospects for the Remaining Two."

The study concludes that the administration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has made sustained progress on the debt relief process, robustly reengaged with international financial institutions, increased revenues and maintained public confidence and unity of purpose among the government's executive branch. However, many key election promises remain unfulfilled. For example, gone is the promise to defeat al-Shabaab within two years or even reopen Mogadishu's perpetually closed roads. Agreement on the most contentious issues in the constitution has yet to materialize. There is no agreement on Somalia's electoral model for the 2020 elections and the federation process has not improved notably.

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