The accelerated pace of Somalia’s election has been welcomed at home and abroad – but it comes at a credibility cost.
Although polarising, parliament’s move to extend Farmaajo’s term has presented a practical road-map to hold direct elections for the first time since 1969.
The proposed cooperation promises to address transnational problems within the three countries but it might alienate the rest of East Africa.
As Somalia prepares to choose new leaders in 2021, questions remain around the viability of the country’s clan-based electoral system.
If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia’s government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies.