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Somali government and candidates reach political agreement

Mogadishu (SD) – A six-point communiqué was issued last night at the conclusion of a meeting held at the Decale Hotel between Prime Minister Roble, Presidents of Hirshabelle, Galmudug regional states and the union of Presidential Candidates.

After the hours long meeting, the participants agreed to postpone today’s rally, holding it in ten days with the government providing and maintaining security.

The Federal Government said it regretted the incident on 19 February and offered its condolences, with an independent commission set up to investigate the incident.

It was agreed that political and electoral issues should continue to be discussed, in order to hold free and fair elections.

Prime Minister Roble congratulated the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Heads of State of Galmudug, Hirshabelle and the Governor of Benadir, he also thanked former Presidents Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and other members of the union of candidates for their efforts to reach an agreement.

Former Somali President and Chairman of the Union of Candidates, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, thanked all who worked on the convening the conference, adding that governance is the basis of law and dialogue.

The United Nations, for its part, has issued a statement on the agreement reached last night in Mogadishu between the Federal Government and the Union of Candidates.

“The UN in Somalia warmly welcomes the agreement announced tonight by Prime Minister Mohamed H. Roble, the leaders of Galmudug, HirShabelle and Benadir, and the Council of Presidential Candidates, as a positive step. The UN in Somalia applauds this step, which is in the interest of the citizens of Mogadishu and of Somalia, and urges that all involved continue to engage in dialogue to address other remaining issues in a spirit of compromise and goodwill.” the UN in Somalia tweeted.

Last night’s agreement in Mogadishu calms weeks long tensions in the capital.

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