Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has renounced his United States citizenship despite the Somalia Constitution allowing for dual citizenship.
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Faarmajo has formally renounced his second citizenship. Faarmajo renounced his US Citizenship, a rare political chess move itself. The Somali constitution allows dual citizenship, but Faarmajo opted to consolidate his pan-Somalist credentials, probably to achieve a nationalist profile and upstage his political rivals.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Faarmajo is eyeing re-election. The renouncing of his American citizenship is a strategy meant to create a profile of a nationalist. In a country that is socially restive, a nationalists ideology-approach can whip political followership as the public seeks refuge from decades of conflict.