Thursday, March 17, 2022-United States has increased the number of Somali officials under visa restrictions for undermining the country’s democratic process.The State Department announced the expansion of visa restrictions to an unknown number of Somali individuals in a statement, saying it was in response to Somalia failing to meet its self-established Tuesday deadline to finish parliamentary elections.
The US government says it will use visa restrictions and other tools to promote accountability and support the conclusion of the electoral process.like United States did, World governments are seeking to isolate Somali officials who is undermaning the country's democratic process.The latest sanctions follow three rounds of punitive measures which included freezing of assets another word some individuals have been already identified as spoilers and will be subject of travel bans and asset freezing.
Is there a president and parliament in Somalia 2020 untill now?
Since the constitutional mandate of the parliamentarians ended on December 27, 2020, Somalia now has no legitimate representative federal parliament. The Federal Parliament of Somalia is the national parliament of Somalia.Secondly,the current president, has been in office since the February 2017 election and his term expired on 8 February 2021.
Somalia leaders failed to conclude elections for the lower house of parliament by a deadline Tuesday, marking the latest hitch in a deeply troubled process to appoint a new president.
After all The State Department announced the expansion of visa restrictions to an unknown number of Somali individuals in a statement, saying it was in response to Somalia failing to meet its self-established Tuesday deadline to finish parliamentary elections.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken restricted the issuance of visas to former and current Somali government officials.The United States secretary of state is an officer of the United States who implements foreign policy for the U.S. government as the head of the U.S. Department of State. The office holder is one of the highest ranking members of the president's Cabinet, and ranks the first in the U.S. presidential line of succession among Cabinet secretaries.
Blinken said Wednesday"We will continue to evaluate additional designations under this policy and other tools at our disposal to promote accountability and support the rapid conclusion of Somalia's electoral process in a credible and transparent manner,"said US Secretary of State. "The United States strongly supports the Somali people and remains committed to working to advance democracy and mutual prosperity."
While United States Sanctions more Somali leaders over delayed polls, US and EU Targets Four More Russian Billionaires In Latest Wave Of Sanctions.The European Union slapped sanctions Wednesday on 146 Russian lawmakers and 14 business leaders with close ties to the government – including at least four billionaires.
Among those hit with sanctions, which include asset freezes and a travel ban, is Andrey Melnichenko, who has built a fortune worth $16.2 billion by Forbes’ estimate in fertilizer and coal.
The other billionaires sanctioned are Andrei Guriev, worth $4.9 billion, the deputy chairman of fertilizer maker PhosAgro, and steel pipe tycoon Dmitry Pumpians and agro-industrialist Vadim Moshkovich(both worth an estimated $1.2 billion).
The names of the Somali officials have not been released yet. but, people of Somalia are waiting to heir the names what they called spoilers of Somalia which they already known.