Senate says president Farmajo not requested a joint-session

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s senate has confirmed that they have not been informed of a joint session of parliament amid the country plunged into political uncertainty following the failure of Dhusamareb IV talks which was to unlock the ongoing electoral gridlock.

According to Somali information ministry, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is today expected to appear before the country’s bicameral parliament to address the members over ‘the situation of the country.’

In a twitter post, Senator Ilyas Ali Hassan said president Farmajo had not communicated with the Speaker of Upper House Abdi Hashi to request for a joint session of the parliament.

The announcement for the joint parliament session comes barely hours after Somali government announced the collapse of Dhusamareb talks though the president Farmajo earlier tweeted that he would address the two Houses on Feb 5 but the meeting did not took place.

Information minister, Osman Abukar Dubbe said the talks ended without an agreement, arguing that federal government leaders made concessions on all contentions issues.

He blamed Jubbaland president Ahmed Madobe for being responsible for the failure of the talks.

“The Government proposed that AMISOM police observe the elections in Gedo region but Madobe declined,” Dube said.

Sources stress that the differences over managing Gedo region’s 16 MPs was the main stumbling block with the leader of Jubbaland holding his ground and his administration to be installed in the region.

Jubbaland leader also demanded to elections of Gedo region managed by his electoral committee.

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