Press release Response to Villa Somalia statement 26 December 2021 on the ongoing national elections

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Date: 26 December 2021 The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, is disappointed with the statement made on 26 December 2021 by the President’s Office on the forthcoming national elections.

The president’s statement was deliberately intended to disrupt the ongoing national elections that are currently taking place across the country.

Given the timing of the statement from the President’s Office, which came after the Prime Minister announced a forthcoming meeting of the National Advisory Council to speed up elections and increase transparency and credibility in the election process, it’s sadly clear that the President is set on hell to disrupt it. upcoming advisory forum; a move that is a sign of the president’s unchanged desire to further extend the ongoing national elections for personal interest.

During his term in office, the president unfortunately invested so much time, energy and economy in frustrating the national elections and seeking an illegal extension of the term, which adversely affected the ongoing efforts to speed up the national elections and enable the country to hold peaceful elections.

Since the Prime Minister took over the leadership role of the election, the President has proved to be an obstacle to the implementation of the agreed election guidelines and has used persistent different tactics – one after the other – in order to derail the electoral process.

However, Prime Minister Roble is determined to lead the national elections to ensure that the process is free, fair and inclusive for all Somalis, especially the presidential candidates, and it will not be acceptable to allow a particular presidential candidate to use the process to his advantage.

We therefore confirm to the Somali public that the Prime Minister, together with the National Advisory Forum, will continue to guide the elections and the planned NCC meeting will take place in Mogadishu as planned.

The Prime Minister is tirelessly engaged in advisory discussions with civil society groups, presidential candidates and the international community to listen to their recommendations on the transparency of elections and the completion of the elections to the House of Commons, and all proposals will be discussed at the forthcoming NCC meeting.

The Prime Minister reminds the Somali public and the international community that it is time to collectively oppose all attempts to jeopardize peace and institution building in Somalia. By fulfilling his constitutional obligations under the Provisional Federal Constitution and recognizing the political agreements which gave him the mandate to lead the elections and the security of the country, the Prime Minister assures the Somali public that he, in cooperation with the NCC, will continue his efforts to complete the elections as the credibility of the process is maintained with broad consensus. The only way out of the current challenges is to unite, accelerate the ongoing national elections and lead the country to a peaceful transfer of power.

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