If Somalia fails to meet a fresh election timetable, the US has threatened to take action.

If Somalia fails to meet its latest deadline for elections, the US has threatened sanctions.

Somali leaders announced on Sunday that elections that were supposed to take place last year will now take place on February 25.

“The elections in Somalia are more than a year late. If the new National Consultative Council schedule is not fulfilled, the US is prepared to take action against spoilers, according to a tweet from the State Department’s Africa office.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, also known as Farmajo, had his mandate expire in February 2021, but it was controversially extended in April, sparking deadly gunfights in Mogadishu’s streets.

World powers have expressed concern that election delays, as well as the ongoing conflict between Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble, could spark new unrest in a country that has been riven by instability for three decades.
According to UN estimates, Somalia is fighting a murderous insurgency led by Al-Shabab extremists and is suffering from a drought that has left one in every four people experiencing extreme famine.
Several persons were murdered in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu on Wednesday, according to Al-Shabab.

The government stated the blast killed four people and injured six others in a statement on Twitter, although a local government security officer told AFP earlier that at least six people were killed.

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