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Somali gov’t heeds call for dialogue over poll process

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali government is reportedly planing to hold talks with opposition leaders following a pressure by international community to resolve differences over elections process.

According to multiple sources, Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is today expected to meet with opposition members in Villa Somalia.

Among those invited are the chairperson of Wadajir Abdirahman Abdishakur alongside his counterpart presidential candidates.

The talks which are expected to kick off later today will focus on ways to iron out concerns over Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET).

Previously Opposition accused the government of lining up members of spy agency in the federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET).

Meanwhile Somali deputy prime minister Khadar Mohamed Guleid has today met UN envoy, James Swan over wide range issues including elections and carrying Somalia’s reform agenda forward.

International community will pay 90% of the upcoming elections while the government will chip in a paltry 10%, According to finance ministry.

The elections are expected to take place early this year though Jubbaland and Puntland states set condition on holding poll in their states.

Both states called on the federal government to withdraw troops from Gedo region.

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