Actions of the newly elected President of Somalia Mr. Hassan Sheikh so far show utter lack of vision, experience and leadership. It also seems that he gets bad advice from his aides. Examples of such actions include:
Given the unwise actions of President Hassan, and given what is at stake for the Somali people, for the Horn region and for the international community which invested so much in the efforts of stabilizing Somalia, the Karanle intellectuals living in Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) call on:
- The IGAD member states and the international community to check President Hassan’s actions which can undermine reconciliation, peace-building and reconstruction of Somalia which is what the Somali people want.
- The international community to make any financial support to Mr. Hassan’s regime conditional on how he respects the democratic rules of the game and how his policy actions are legitimate the Somali people.
- The Somali Parliament to block the illegal cabinet which the President has selected to advance his own and his groups’ interests. And if he continues to behave in dictatorial manner as he is doing so far, the Parliament should impeach Mr. Hassan because he was elected by the Parliament and has no popular mandate or legitimacy from any other source and because the Parliament along with the Supreme court has the responsibility as the guardian of the Constitution.
- Other clans whom Mr. Hassan treated unjustly to rise, reject such decisions and if necessary boycott his regime and those have good relations with it including members of the international community who prove to be biased towards some clans at the cost of others.
Having said that, Karanle intellectuals in Scandinavia are aware of the fact that the current constitutional framework is not perfect and that reforms in the state apparatus are needed. The fact however is that:
a) the current framework is what all Somalis agreed to as a means of reconciliation which means that no one group or person including the President himself can unilaterally violate the current power sharing framework;
b) reforms should be based on and preceded by consultations and decisions about the objectives, the rules and procedures upon which all stakeholders have participated and agreed to. No game without common rules for it! Therefore, the current constitution applies until it is amended or a new one is promulgated.
Mr. Hassan and his aides should know this and be careful about their actions!!.
Karanle Communities in Scandinavia
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