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Trade responsibility of President Somalia and Prime Minister as election standoffs deepen

President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble have accused each other of postponing the ongoing parliamentary elections because the United States is seeking credible conclusions from polls.

The parliamentary elections began on November 1st and were scheduled to be completed by December 24th, but one member said that only 24 of the 275 representatives had been elected so far. (Reuters Archive)

The Somali president and prime minister have each accused the other of postponing the ongoing parliamentary elections. Spats analysts say the government could distract from the fight against al-Shabaab rebels.

“The prime minister poses a serious threat to the election process and is overcoming his mission,” Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed’s presidential palace said in a statement on Sunday.

The office of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble later issued his own statement stating that the president “spent a lot of time, energy and finances to frustrate national elections” and “delayed the election process.”

The parliamentary elections began on November 1st and were scheduled to be completed by December 24th, but as of Saturday, only 24 of the 275 representatives were elected. Said not.

The United States called for a credible and swift conclusion of the election late Sunday.

Complex election process

Newly elected parliamentarian Mohammed Sheikh Marsal said it was confirmed that only 24 parliamentarians had been elected as of Saturday, the day after the process was due to be completed.

Under Somalia’s complex indirect election process, the local council intends to choose the Senate. Clan elders intend to elect members of the House of Representatives, who will elect a new president on a day that has not yet been decided.

In April, a faction of security forces allied with Mohammed and Roble occupied the area of ​​the capital as both the prime minister and the opposition opposed a move to extend the president’s four-year term by another two years.

Clashes between the two groups have displaced 60,000 to 100,000 people.

The conflict was resolved when the president entrusted Roble with security and the organization of postponed elections.

Chronic instability

Roble’s Sunday statement said it would hold a meeting on Monday to find ways to speed up elections.

President Mohammed’s office will also hold another meeting on elections and “agreeing on competent leadership to lead timely and transparent elections” without providing details on the time it takes for the process. Said.

Somalia, whose central government has been limited since 1991, is trying to rebuild itself with the help of the United Nations.

It was a rare victory over the country’s chronic instability and was intended to hold its first direct election in more than 30 years this year.

Source: Reuters

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