Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh appointed Court Commissioners

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has appointed the Commissioners of the Banadir Regional Court of Appeal and the Banadir Regional Court, following a proposal from the President of the Supreme Court of the country, Bashe Yusuf Ahmed.

The President has appointed a lawyer Syed Ali Mohamed who specializes in Sharia and Law as the Chairman of the Court of Appeal of Banadir Region.

Also, the Chairman of the Regional Court of Banadir has appointed Lawyer Salah Ali Mohamud.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has instructed the Governors he appointed to work on the supremacy of the law and the resolution of unfair complaints from Somali citizens.

This Presidential Decree based on Judicial System Law No. 3, issued on June 12, 1962, came into force after its official publication today October 20, 2022.

The Great Reshuffling

Earlier this month President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud dissolved the Judicial Service Commission and the anti-corruption commission, a presidential decree which also instructed new appointments in the federal government of Somalia. The charges were not anticipated.

But the appointment is facing hurdles given that last year, the Upper House or the Senate opposed the appointments, arguing that the selection was not anchored in the constitution of Kenya, which is usually used as an example.

The president, who was re-elected in 2022 after five years of political coldness, stated that the decision to axe both committees was made after referring to the letter from the Upper House on December 12, 2021. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was in charge at that time.

Also, the president directed the cabinet to quickly form new committees in accordance with articles 71, 109A, and 112 of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution and article 7 of the law establishing the judicial service council and appointing the anti-corruption committee.

When he took over this year, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud pledged to support the Somali National Army, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS], and the US Africa Command in fighting Al-Shabaab militants who control large swathes of rural central and southern Somalia.

In recent weeks, the Al-Shabaab militants have lost significant ground, with some few sources calling for commitment in a number of counsels. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is fighting to decide on a Somalia full of opportunities and resources.