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PM Roble and presidential candidates discuss election challenges

Mogadishu (SD) – In an important meeting today, the Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Robe, and members of the Opposition Candidates’ Union, reached a preliminary understanding on the election process.

The Union of Candidates share the PM that they’re deeply concerned about the lack of transparency in the country’s upcoming elections and how unhappy they are with the current process.

According to the office of the Prime Minister, two key points were agreed upon, namely, to make changes to the process that started the elections of the House of the People, and convene a meeting of the National Consultative Assembly and to have the electoral commissions to carry out their duties in accordance with the agreed electoral procedures.

Roble shared a report with opposition candidates on his efforts to hold free and fair elections in the country.
He pledged to hold accountable anyone who violates electoral integrity, amid mounting abuses of power and violations of electoral agreements.

Finally, the parties agreed to work together to ensure that the country’s elections takes place in a transparent manner and to correct any shortcomings.

The meeting comes at a time when the opposition and Lower House candidates said the elections were rigged, and feared the country may slip back to violence.

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