Is President Farmaajo seeking a prime minister to help him get re-elected?

29 days in, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has yet to name a PM

Mogadishu BTV – The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, is looking for a candidate to lead his election campaign, according to Hussein Moalim Mohamud, a former adviser to Villa Somalia.

Hussein Moalim Mohamud, the current head of the Hiraal Research Institute, who worked closely with President Farmajo, has hinted that the president is looking for a prime minister that will be in charge of his campaign to help him get re-elected.

“Presidential now-candidate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has been looking for a campaign manager for a month to get the title of prime minister,” Hussein Maalim said in a statement.

He also gave general advice to the candidates waiting for the post of prime minister, telling them to include in their CV their experience in political campaigning to see how well they deserve the position.

President Farmajo’s 30-day constitutional deadline to nominate a new prime minister is nearing completion, but it is unlikely that he will nominate a PM ahead of time.

The Somali president, who has now been in office for 29 days without a Prime Minister, may ask parliament for a longer period of time, as reported by BTV.

According to our sources, the president plans to appoint a prime minister once a full agreement is reached on the country’s elections. Although an agreement was reached at the Dhusamareb 3 conference, Puntland and Jubaland are still not part of that agreement.

It is unclear why the president is waiting for the prime minister’s nomination, but it is believed to be an attempt to ensure that the new prime minister has no say in the decision-making process.

This may cause a backlash to the President as the political basis of Somalia is 4.5 power sharing between clans as some political analyst hint that it is an ”attempt to exclude a major clan from the decision-making table on the elections for 2021.”

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