MOGADISHU (SD) – A consultative conference between the leaders of the federal government and its members has today kicked off in the Somali capital thanks to the international community weeks’ long pressure to end the political gridlock.
According to sources privy to the talks, the meeting which commenced at the air force hangar in Afiysoni area at about 10am, will focus on the contentious issues including the electoral process dispute.
The Somali leaders who converged for electoral talks include the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, his prime minister, Hassan Mohamed Roble, leaders of Puntland, Jubbland, Southwest, Hirshabelle, and Galmudug state, Saed Abdullahi Deni, Abdiaziz Hassan Laftagaren, Ali Gudlawe, Ahmed Abdi Qooqor respectively as well as Mogadishu mayor Omar Filish.
The meeting comes a day after Villa Somalia invited the leaders of the regional state to participate in talks to discuss the political differences over the electoral process.
“President of FGS Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo again invited FMS Presidents and Banaadir Region Governor to come to an ice break meeting on Saturday 3rd of April @ Avizione Centre to talk implementation of Sept 17 and 16 Feb. Agreements,” the ministry said.
The international community has been pressing Somali leaders to resolve their differences to allow the country to hold inclusive elections.
UN Security Council on called Somalia’s leaders to engage in a constructive dialogue at the earliest opportunity without precondition to resolve outstanding issues on the legitimate basis of the 17 September agreement and the recommendations of the 16 February Baidoa Technical Committee.
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