Somalia: Farmaajo warns of amendment to electoral agreement ahead of main talks

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – Outgoing Somali President Farmaajo has warned against changing the September 17 deal ahead of December 27 election talks in Mogadishu between Prime Minister Roble and the leaders of the country’s federal states.

Speaking on Saturday on the 78th anniversary of the formation of the Somali police force at General Kahiye Police Academy, Farmaajo called for the implementation of the elections on the basis of the agreement reached between the government federal and federal states last year.

Farmaajo, whose term has ended, said there was a need to speed up the election of members of the lower house and called on the prime minister and election commissions to hold free and fair polls.

Farmaajo’s remarks coincide with a sharp rift between the federal and state election commissions that led to the impeachment of FEIT President Mohamed Hassan Irro on Saturday for allegations of incompetence and violation of neutrality.

Opposition politicians have accused Farmajo of being behind the endless delays in the elections and amid reports that the outgoing president is once again at odds with Prime Minister Roble who is crippling the election.

Farmajo turned the management of the elections over to Roble in May this year after failing to extend his term for another two years, a move that put the country at risk of relapsing into civil war in April.

The leader has been in office illegally for nearly a year and the opposition warns of a further delay in the electoral process, which has dragged on since early 2021 due to recurring political conflicts.

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