Norway: with good leadership, Somalia can progress
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Federal Republic of Somalia can take it to the next level if good leadership defines all actions in the country, said Norway, amid the current electoral stalemate, which has been widely criticized by members of the opposition.
Somalia is currently holding lower house elections which have been delayed due to internal feuds between outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and senior members of the opposition.
Already, the Union of presidential candidates [UPC] boycotted the elections citing embezzlement and rigging, despite assurances from Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble that the exercise will be free, fair and credible.
In a tweet, the Norwegian Embassy in Somalia called for free, fair and credible elections, noting that the time has come for Somalis to focus on the elections. Norway further insisted on appropriate reforms in the country.
“Norway supports the international call for fair, credible and peaceful elections in Somalia,” the Norwegian embassy said in recent calls for credible elections in the struggling Horn of Africa country with instability.
“It is time to move beyond elections and get back on the path of long-term reform and development. With good leadership, we are confident that Somalia can take it to the next level.
Sunday, Federal Election Implementation Team [FEIT], suspended elections for the 154 and 103 seats in the Southwestern state. Former lower house president Mohamed Jawari was reportedly excluded from the competition for 103.
FEIT had suspended the vote for the seat, but the state polling body overlooked the order and moved ahead. The Committee has been accused by members of the opposition of having worked for incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
After the election of 275 members of the lower house, the country will proceed to the presidential election where the deputies and 54 senators will participate in the vote. Farmaajo is keen to defend its headquarters according to Villa Somalia.
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