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PM Roble, int’l partners discuss current political crisis

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble has today held talks with Somalia’s partners amid the country’s political fate hangs in the balance.

Foreign envoys in the capital have been pressing Somali government to end its rift with the opposition in order for the country to hold inclusive elections.

Roble and the international community have discussed the current political gridlock which plunged the country into political uncertainty.

“I held discussions with representatives of the International Community regarding Federal elections: we explored the best ways via which we can concertedly overcome existing impediments, security & maintaining overall stability in the country,” PM Role said in a Twitter post.

The talks come less than 24-hours after Puntland state in northeastern Somalia tabled hard conditions for the resumption of talks with President Mohamed Farmaajo.

Key among the conditions tabled by Puntland leader Said Abdullahi Deni is demanding the resignation of senior security chiefs following the February 18-19 violence in Mogadishu which the opposition blamed on the government.

Puntland also demanded that Farmaajo partly relinquishes authority as head of state to ‘built trust’ among stakeholders.

“To address the constitutional crisis, President Farmajo must sign a decree limiting executive and legislative powers of the presidency and the parliament, as well as nullifying all legislations approved by the parliament after 27 December 2020, as well as any executive orders issued by the president after 8 February 2021,” the statement read in part.

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