Somalia’s Farmaajo tours Qatar as election programme falls short

Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has visited strong ally Qatar even as the election programme back home faces another possibility of stalling.

He met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani with whom he enjoys close ties as Doha has become one of the biggest donors in Somalia.

Qatar, in spite of providing massive funding for Somalia’s federal government is also loathed by some opposition figures who feel Doha looks away when Mogadishu violates the law on free elections and civil liberties.