The United States and European Union have condemned the move by Somalia’s parliament to extend the terms of the president and members of parliament by two years amid concern it could deepen divides in the country. Al Jazeera quotes the speaker of the lower House as saying the measure would allow the country to prepare for direct elections but the speaker of the Senate upper house, which would normally have to approve the legislation, immediately condemned the move as unconstitutional, warning that it would “lead the country into political instability, risks of insecurity and other unpredictable situations.” The African Union, European Union, United Nations, and regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, meanwhile said in a joint statement on Saturday that they would not support any extension of the president’s term.