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last night’s Consultative Council meeting ends in a stalemate

MOGADISHU (SD) – The National Consultative Council meetings reopened last night at the Decale Hotel in Mogadishu, with no agreement yet reached.

A statement issued last night by government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu said “The meeting of the Heads of the National Consultative Council on Elections, chaired by the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, has concluded tonight at the Decale Hotel.”

Moalimuu added “The conference will continue inshallah and is expected to culminate in a formal communiqué on electoral issues such as election transparency, scheduling and security.”

According to our sources close to some of the participants indicated to us that there is still no consensus on the issue of security, with the Prime Minister seeking to include in the communiqué transfer of security to his office.

President Farmajo will likely never agree to hand over security, even if the National Consultative Council agree on the subject.

The presidents of the Galmudug and Southwest regions, reportedly remain opposed to the move, arguing that the country’s security is constitutionally the President’s.

Last night’s hours-long meeting of the National Consultative Council ended in a stalemate after state leaders split into two factions, Farmajo and Roble.

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