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President Farmaajo hails electoral deal in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has urged the federal and regional leaders to follow through the new election schedule barely two days after an electoral deal was signed in Mogadishu.

In a televised address to the nation late Monday, President Farmaajo reiterated that the National Consultative Council was responsible for implementing the election.

“Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to congratulate the recent Consultative Forum meeting in Mogadishu, which has yielded positive results that will strengthen the completion of the country’s elections,” said Mohamed.

He said the leaders issued a communiqué in response to concerns about the electoral process and how to overcome obstacles to it.

“The communiqué reaffirmed the electoral accords that were key to the electoral direction agreement of 17 September 2020 ratified jointly by both houses of parliament,” he said.

The remarks of president Farmaajo the United Nations welcomed a consensus reached on Sunday by the country’s political leaders to expedite the electoral process after many months of delay, urging the leaders to make good on their agreement for a new election timetable after repeated delays sparked a perilous political crisis.

“The UN encourages Somali’s political leaders to continue in a spirit of cooperation, avoid provocations that risk new tensions or conflict and stay focused on delivering a credible electoral process quickly for the benefit of all Somalis,” the statement reads in part.

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