Farmaajo’s Presidency: A scorecard for the first two years and the prospects for the remaining two -Heritage Institute

FILE PHOTO - Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo
A report by the Heritage Institute of Policy  Studies (HIPS) has painted a grim picture of President Mohamed Abdualhi Farmajo performance, two years of his term.

In a study examining the performance of the current government, the institute says the government has effectively used traditional and social media to portray a rosy picture of its work, but by our assessment, it has barely met a quarter of the benchmarks it set for itself.

Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ was elected as the President of Somalia on February 8th, 2017 on a platform of comprehensive reform, improved security, political stability, a revived economy, reduced corruption and smart foreign policy. Two years later, the President’s scorecard is mixed, with some encouraging achievements in certain areas but plenty of shortcomings on most of the lofty political promises detailed during his presidential campaign. Together with his Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire, Farmaajo’s administration has made sustained progress on the debt relief process, robustly reengaged with international financial institutions, increased revenues and maintained public confidence and unity of purpose among the government’s executive branch (the president and the prime minister). However, many key election promises remain unfulfilled.

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