Somalia Criticises Global Powers Over Interference
The Somali government says it stands by the decision to extend the term of the president and criticised the international community for seeking to undermine the country's democratic processes.
The foreign affairs ministry says it was dismayed by statements from some of its international partners.
It says they had misconstrued Somalia's laws passed to uphold the democratic rights of the people to choose their leadership, and instead paint them as unlawful term extensions.
The ministry added that inflammatory statements laden with threats, which undermine the political independence and sovereign rights of national institutions, will only serve to embolden terrorist organisations and anti-peace elements in Somalia.