Farmajo lands in Mogadishu; greeted by thousands of supporters

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In a welcoming typically reserved for a high profile celebrity, Somali presidential candidate Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmajo has landed in the Somali capital on Tuesday amid throngs of cheering supporters.

The former Prime Minister flew in from Nairobi and was welcomed by residents of Mogadishu and some government officials.

Mohamed Ali Dahir, A local businessman who was among the supporters told HOL that Farmajo is the people’s candidate.

“If there was one-man-one-vote, Farmajo would easily come out the winner. He enjoys the support of the people throughout the country. Unfortunately, we do not have that opportunity to express our vote.”

Farmajo was Prime Minister from October 2010 to June 2011. He is widely credited with improving the security sector in Somalia by providing regular salary payments to security forces while in office. When he was forced to resign in 2011 as a part of a UN-backed deal that extended the president and speaker mandate, protesters took to the streets of Mogadishu to reject the deal that would remove Farmajo.

Farmajo hopes to be the 9th President of Somalia as he is one of the main candidates in what analysts are expecting to be a hotly contested Presidential race. The election is scheduled for December 28, but with voting for the Lower House still  incomplete, another postponement appears to be likely.

Source: Hiiraan Online