Somalia: TNC meeting to end in Mogadishu, most issues resolved

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – The National Advisory Council [NCC] The meeting is scheduled to end on Sunday afternoon in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, multiple sources told AX, adding that a number of elections related to the country’s elections have been resolved.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was the main organizer of the meeting which brought together the five leaders of the federal member states and the Mayor of Mogadishu Omar Filish, who is also a key player in the electoral exercise in Somalia.

Ahead of the meeting, the source added, the prime minister and heads of federal states held a meeting on Sunday morning with opposition presidential candidates, members of the international community, and society groups. civilian and other teams to share notes and immediately give recommendations before the release of the press release shortly.

Roble had sanctioned the meeting following complaints from members of the opposition who accused incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo of organizing elections in favor of his lieutenants in various polls in the lower house.

The international community called for tolerance on both sides, adding that the differences must be resolved immediately to put an end to this mind-boggling exercise. The team further warned that they would take tough action against those who derail the exercise.

Although most of the issues have been resolved, some claim that federal leaders Ali Gudlawe [Hirshabelle], Abdiaziz Lafta-Gareen [Southwest], and Ahmed Kariye alias Qoorqoor [Galmadug] are against the resolution to give PM Roble responsibility for security.

The three leaders are close allies of outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. On the other hand, Saïd Abdullahi Deni [Puntland] and Ahmed Islam Mohamed Madobe de Jubaland strongly supported the prime minister, arguing that Farmaajo should distance himself from the exercise.

Members of the opposition led by former presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud have pushed for Farmaajo’s resignation, arguing that he should step down and face them as a candidate in the upcoming elections.

Further, as the nation anxiously awaits the outcome of the NCC meeting, The Villa Somalia is launching a contingency plan that is to fan the current political flames and take action similar to the attempted coup on December 27. if the NCC meeting produces results contrary to their expectations.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Professor Mohamed Jawari spoke on Saturday on security accountability issues that deter the NCC meeting from succeeding. Jawari argued that, according to the constitution, the cabinet has a sacred mandate to deal with security matters.

Jawari also added that the cabinet has the legal power to appoint and dismiss heads of the armed forces. A constitutional lawyer and decades of experience in law and governance, Professor Jawari was recently barred from running for an LH South West seat due to disputes with Lafta-Gareen.

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