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Drop personal interests to save Somalia – senators

GAROWE (SD) – Set aside narrow political objectives and ensure to agree on elections to take place in the country, two Somali senators urged leaders of the federal and its member states.

In separate press conferences, senators Abdirahman Farole and Abdirisack Jurile have called on the leaders of the federal government and regional states to bury the hatchet in order for the country to host parliamentary and presidential elections.

“We need all stakeholders at the bargaining table should end their differences to allow the country to move ahead. We should not accept few individuals to drag the nation back, just because of their personal interests,” said Farole who spoke to the reporters in Garowe town of Puntland state.

Farole reminded the leaders of the federal government to accelerate the process to hold the poll saying “only the five regional states in the country are ones who are legitimate”.

“The provisional constitution of Somalia should be the basis for holding elections and enforce the federal system in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdirisack Jurile said the current impasse undermines progress made to date including the democratic process needed to be implemented in the country.

The meeting between President Mohamed Farmaajo and Federal Member State leaders has been ongoing since Saturday but no agreement yet on the preliminaries was reached.

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