Jubaland rejects Somalia’s recognition of its leader

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The Somali government had said in a statement yesterday that it recognized Madobe as interim leader of Jubaland state for a two year mandate as stipulated in Jubaland constitution.

Ahmed Madobe, a former warlord was re-elected as president of Jubaland in August last year in an election process rejected by the Federal govt who backed a loyalist candidate in a parallel election. The Jubaland crisis strained relations between Kenya and Somalia where Kenyna backed Madobe and Somalia long accused its neighbour of meddling its domestic affairs.

The tension escalated in March after a heavy fighting broke out near the Kenya border between Somali troops and Jubaland forces.

Kemya accused Somali troops of violating its territorial integrity. Tribal leaders in Jubaland signed a peace pact in April 2020. 

Mogadishu said a two year mandate as opposed to a four year term mandate stipulated by Jubaland’s constitution.

Jubaland authority in another statement said the mandate of Jubaland leader expires in four years in accordance with Jubaland state constitution.

Therefore, no one can decide the mandate expiration against in favor of the provisional constitution.

The govt invited heads of various states to Mogadishu next week to discuss national elections due before February 2021.

Somalia has faced criticism from observers for engaging in a political feud with Federal states to gain control in the upcoming polls rather than focusing on the fight against al shabab extremist

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