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FGS-FMS electoral talks to resume this month – PM

MOGADISHU (SD) – The electoral talks between the leaders of the federal government and its member states will resume this month, office of Somali prime confirmed Sunday barely a day after president Farmaajo assigned Premiere Mohamed Hussein Roble to lead the vital election process and the security arrangements.

Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, the spokesperson of the government said the PM urged the leaders of the regional states including Jubbaland and Puntland which are bitterly opposed to Farmaajo, to attend the meeting which will focus on the impasse on the electoral process.

According to Moalimu, the conference will kick off on 20th of this month.

On Saturday, president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo designated his Prime Minister as responsible for the organisation of the elections, thus acceding to one of the main demands of the opposition to break the deadlock.

“I want to make clear that Prime Minister Rooble Mohamed Hussein will lead in preparing and implementing the election and the security of the election,” he said.

Roble thanked the president for delegating the authority to lead the vital election process and the security arrangements.

“I thank the president for his broad consensus, respect for the people and national feelings, and readiness to transfer the electoral leadership to us (the executive branch of the state) plus the security management,” said Roble.

But the conference announced by the PM roble may further get delayed as one of the states turned down to attend the forum, demanding Farmajo to hand over the security responsibility of the country to prime minister Roble.

“We will not participate any electoral talks until the national security is handed over to the prime minister,” Jubbaland information minister, Abdi Hussein told reporters in Kismayu.

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