Puntland: Parliament speaker agrees one year extension for president Farole
Garowe (RBC) The speaker of the parliament of Somalia’s semi autonomous state of Puntland Abdurashid Mohamed Hersi has formally agreed incumbent president Abdurahman Mohamed Farole to postpone the election and extend one year after the end of Puntland’s presidential mandate which is due to finish on January 2013.
At a press conference in Garowe late on Sunday, the speaker defended the will of the president quoting the new draft constitution of the state.
“..We have a constitution which structures the administration and had been adopted since the last three years. This constitution tells that the mandate of the government is five years term.” Abdurashid Mohamed Hersi told journalists in his press conference adding “So president Farole is due to hold the office up to January 2014.”
Mr Hersi said the draft constitution of Puntland will not be accepted through direct public voting as various challenges facing the regime, but instead will be voted by 480 representatives from Puntland regions.
“… The new constitution permits it can be ratified through representatives if wide referendum “one man one vote system” could not be performed.” Puntland parliament speaker insisted.
The statement of the speaker came after several politicians warned the extension of president’s term which many whispered it will lead to political crisis in the region.
“We suggest the president to allow the election in January 2013 this is the only solution for the region and for him.” Former finance minister Mohamed Ai Yusuf ‘Gagab’ told reporters in Galka’yo last week. The former minister lauded that president Farole was formulating special index into the new draft constitution to shield his one year extension.
Hundreds of Qardho residents demonstrated in the streets last week during the visit of president Farole to oppose the postponement of the presidential election.
On his view Muse Ali Jama who leads opposition coalition in Puntland states that the president was elected in January 2009 under former constitution which simply consents a four years term in office.