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Somali PM dismisses reports of running for president

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has dismissed claims he might be contesting in the upcoming presidential elections ahead of Somalia’s parliamentary and presidential elections.

Speaking during an event in Daynile district in the outskirts of Mogadishu Friday evening, Roble noted his focus was on preparing the country for elections which will take place in August this year.

“I would like to be clear that I will not be running for president in the upcoming election. To me, all candidates are equal and my priority is realise a free and transparent election,” Roble said.

Roble reiterated that his government is committed to hold free and fair elections in the country.

Last month, Somalia’s federal government and regional state leaders signed an agreement ending an impasse that had delayed the holding of both presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

PM Roble and regional leaders agreed to hold free, fair and inclusive elections within 60 days in the Horn of Africa country.

Somalia was to held its parliamentary and presidential elections early this after the mandate of the parliament and president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo lapsed December and February respectively.

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