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Farmaajo bows to pressure to disband FIET members

MOGADISHU (SD) – President Mohamed Farmaajo has bowed to pressure and acceded to federal states demands to strike out contested federal elections committee.

Sources to Ali Dahir Eid, deputy President of Galmudug state, president Farmajo accepted to dissolve the committee following heated discussion with leaders of member states.

Recent months, the opposition and regional government leaders had been accusing president Farmajo of including senior civil servants and security officials in Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET).

The president also accepted to pull out from appointing the Somaliland Indirect Elections Team. The matter will now be left to Upper House speaker Abdi Hashi and Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Guled both of whom are the senior most government officials hailing from Somaliland.

Sources privy to the conference confirmed that the sides agreed Jubbaland’s State Indirect Elections Team (SIET) members allowed access to Garbaharay, the headquarters of Gedo region.

The national consultative forum which entered its second is expected to focus on several issues including date for the election, troops in Gedo region and the fate of the federal appointed Gedo governor and the DCs in the region.

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