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Partial election could jeopardize country’s unity – opposition

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s council of presidential candidates have today warned the government against holding non-inclusive election in the country, saying the move would harm the unity of the Horn of Africa nation.

In a letter addressed to international community, the council which bring together over 12-candidates said the decision by Farmajo administration could endanger fragile peace and security in the country.

“The federal government’s call to hold elections in few region and not in others will irreversibly deepen the fragmentation of the country,” the letter reads in part. “We unequivocally condemn this move as it endanger the unity and stability of Somalia as well as embolden al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups.”

The letter called on Somalia’s partners to intervene in the situation saying president Farmajo “engineers a power grab through exclusion, repression, coercion and intimidation.

“The council of presidential candidates would like to forewarn our international partners against resourcing and agreeing the dangerous staged political farce aimed at sustaining the incumbent’s region,” the council said.

They called for urgent which convenes the country’s stakeholders to discuss ways to resolve the political crisis in the country before the mandate of incumbent president comes to an end next month.

“In recognition of the unprecedented circumstances of the lapsing mandates, and in order to avert a constitutional crisis after 8th February 2021, the council calls for an urgent meeting of the leaders of the Federal Government, federal member states, members of the Council of Presidential Candidates, key civil society members and observers of international community,” the letter noted.

The development comes days after Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble announced decision to hold elections in spite of the stand off between the government and some member states.

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