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Forum for FGS-FMS leaders kicks off in Dhusamareb

DHUSAMAREB (SD) – A consultative forum for leaders of the federal and regional states has today started in Dhusamareb town, some 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu.

The meeting will run for three days will be discussed 17-Sep deal over the elections.

According analysts, the meeting is expected to be a fruitful solution to unlock the deadlock and pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections.

The meeting earlier was slated for Tuesday evening but was called off because the Jubbaland and Puntland leaders were tired’ having arrived late for the talks, according to Somali information ministry.

Jubbaland’s Madobe arrived at around noon followed by his Puntland ally Abdullahi Deni who made way into the town at 4 pm having driven from Adado to Dhusamareb.

Today’s meeting, the fourth in Dhusamareb since last year is attended by Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, leaders of Galmudug, Southwest, Hirshabelle, Puntland and Jubbaland.

The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) which brings together 14 presidential candidates has welcomed the Dhusamareb talks and called for an agreement to allow elections take place.

The country’s elections originally slated for 2020, have been postponed thrice because of wrangling over election details between the federal government and some of federal member states.

The mandate of the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi will expire next week.

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