Somali gov't extends term despite int'l opposition

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Posted: Mar 27, 2011 2:27 PM
Somali gov't extends term despite int'l opposition

A top Somali official says the government has voted overwhelmingly to extend its term for another year despite international calls for it to leave office when its mandate expires in August.

Mohamed Mohamud Boon, Somalia's constitution and federal affairs minister, says a cabinet meeting decided Sunday that the government needs more time to restore security, fight corruption and resettle people displaced by war. The move follows a three-year term extension by the 500-member Somali parliament.

Last month the U.N.'s envoy to Somalia, Augistine Mahiga, led a chorus calling for the government not to renew its mandate. The U.S. has also said it is disappointed by the performance of the government.

Somalia has been mired in chaos since 1991.