Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Somali Election Dispute Risks Political Violence

The Washington Post published on 27 December 2021 an article titled "Somalia's Election Standoff Intensifies, Raising Risk of Political Violence" by Sakariye Cismaan and Max Bearak.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement on 26 December 2021 expressing deep concern at the continuing delays and procedural irregularities that have undermined the credibility of the electoral process.

The decision by Somalia's president to suspend the powers of his prime minister is postponing the electoral process and exacerbating the constitutional conflict.  It increases the possibility of political violence in a country that is already threatened by the al-Shabaab terrorist group.