US opposes attempted suspension of Somali prime minister
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United States has backed off the attempted suspension of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, arguing it is a new strategy to sabotage elections in Somalia, after months of coordination and tax assistance from international partners.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a phone call to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, in which the current situation in Somalia dominated. Kenya sits on the United Nations Security Council [UNSC].
Blinken, who represents President Joe Biden, said President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s attempted suspension of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was misguided, adding that both sides should sit down and ease tensions.
“The secretary noted US opposition to the attempted suspension of Prime Minister Roble, and they agreed that all parties should refrain from escalating actions and statements,” the statement read. statement by Ned Price, the official spokesperson.
President Uhuru Kenyatta remains the United States’ strategic partner in East Africa and has played a pivotal role in promoting peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country. Kenya has a number of AMISOM troops in Somalia.
Secretary of State Blinken further said Somalia should conclude parliamentary and presidential elections for the sake of stability, adding that the exercise should be free, fair and credible respecting all international standards.
“On Somalia, the secretary stressed the importance for the leaders of the national and federal member states of Somalia to conclude the legislative and presidential elections immediately and without irregularities which would jeopardize the credibility of the result,” the statement added.
Farmaajo has been accused of micromanaging the electoral exercise in Somalia, with the opposition accusing him of trying to impose his lieutenants in the lower house elections. This has exacerbated tensions between him and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble.
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