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Somalia faces constitutional crisis, UN rep says

 Somali President Sharif Sheik Ahmed, centre, visits the frontline in southern Mogadishu's Hawl Wadaag district, during clashes between Somali governm...
 Somali president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, second left, comes to see where police displayed the bodies of four Al-Shabab fighters killed during fight...

Somalia Fighting

Somali President Sharif Sheik Ahmed, centre, visits the frontline in southern Mogadishu's Hawl Wadaag district, during clashes between Somali governm...

Somalia Fighting

Somali president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, second left, comes to see where police displayed the bodies of four Al-Shabab fighters killed during fight...

A U.N. official says Somalia's weak government is facing a constitutional crisis that threatens to unravel hard-won gains in battles against al-Qaida-linked militants.
Somalia's oversized parliament voted itself a three-year extension in February, a vote the U.S. sharply criticized. Now Somalia's Cabinet says it wants a one-year extension. Somalia's parliament hasn't passed a law in six years, and the government cannot provide even basic services.
The extension requests come in the middle of an offensive against Islamist militants that appears to be going well.
The U.N.'s Somalia representative, Augustine P. Mahiga, says the international community is likely to support a one- year extension for parliament but wants to see a new government voted in by August.


Updated : 2021-10-21 03:22 GMT+08:00