US threatens to take action against Somali leaders who sabotage elections
WASHINGTON – The United States has threatened to take action against Somali leaders who derail the elections, adding that national leaders need to ensure that the recently signed election deal is honored.
Sunday, the National Advisory Council [NCC] signed a pact that would see lower house elections end by February 25 of this year. Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was the chairman of the meeting.
In a statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States would not hesitate to take action against those who derail the exercise, adding that the United States would consider bans to travel for those linked to exercise sabotage.
He further noted that the electoral exercise is overdue, noting that the country must ensure that irregularities and illegalities are corrected. The opposition has consistently accused the government of rigging the elections in favor of allied candidates of Villa Somalia.
“We call on all the leaders of the national and federal member states of Somalia to respect the newly agreed timetable and correct the procedural irregularities,” noted Ned Price, spokesperson for Secretary Blinken.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo had fallen out with Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble over the elections, with Farmaajo at one point claiming to have suspended Roble. The prime minister won overwhelming support from the opposition and international stakeholders.
Farmaajo has been repeatedly accused of dragging out the exercise by forcing candidates who are friends to him as he plans to retain his seat in the weeks to come. A number of deputies were elected, but the opposition demanded the annulment of the results of some constituencies.
Outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is set to face former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as well as former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and party leader Wadajir Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame.
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