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Deni holds talks with US envoy over Somalia’s poll impasse

MOGADISHU (SD) – Puntland state president, Saed Abdullahi Deni has today held talks with US ambassador to Somalia, Donald Yamamoto ahead of FGS-FMS summit in Mogadishu.

According to sources privy to talks, the two officials discussed wide range issues including the upcoming FGS-FMS electoral talks, the US led development projects in northeastern Somalia and the difference between his state and federal government.

Deni and his close ally, Ahmed Mohamed Madobe of Jubbaland have been at loggerheads with president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in recent months over how the elections will be held.

Both leaders, alongside the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC), have called on Farmajo to resign and participate in the talks as a candidate.

Additionally, Madobe and Deni want the talks to be expanded to include demands by the opposition which include removal of senior security chiefs whom the opposition accuse of working at the behest of Famrajo.

Another issue raised by the opposition is the security of the protests which it has demanded be secured by their teams instead of government security forces.

The federal government however wants a straight forward approach to the talks putting two agenda items on the table.
 One is the signing of the implementation process of the September 17 deal and secondly giving the nod to the Baidoa Framework agreed to by a joint technical committee.

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