Somalia: Prime Minister Roble holds meeting with opposition leader’s team
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Monday held a closed-door meeting with members of the Himilo Qaran party, led by former President Sheikh Sharif, amid latent electoral tensions in Somalia.
Members of the opposition led by the Union of Presidential Candidates [UPC] have already boycotted the lower house elections on the pretext that the exercise has been infiltrated by some federal state leaders, who still want incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo to be in charge.
The Himilo Qaran Party team, noted a statement released by the party, agreed to work together to correct electoral misconduct and prevent any movement that could delay the holding of elections in the country, which almost eroded confidence. of the international community.
However, the statement, posted on the party’s Facebook page, appears to contradict the decision of the union of presidential candidates to disagree with the ongoing electoral process in Somalia. Former President Sharif Ahmed is the chairman of the Somali presidential candidates.
Prime Minister Roble is currently campaigning to quash the opposition’s demand to postpone the Lower House elections due to corruption. The opposition accuses the government of staging the exercise contrary to initial deliberations.
Already, the Federal Elections Implementation Team [FEIT] warned that all states should begin lower house elections within 48 hours to avoid prolonging the exercise. Jubaland, Northeastern State and Hirshabelle were put on formal notice.
On Tuesday morning, Jubaland announced the start of elections in 14 units across the state, just hours after the team’s warning. Both Jubaland and Northeastern State have criticized President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.
The electoral exercise was due to start in December 2020 with presidential elections scheduled for February this year. However, internal feuds resulted in the delay, which nearly earned Farmaajo an indirect extension of his tenure by 12 months.
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