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Somali PM, state presidents agree on deadline for upper house elections

Mogadishu (SD) – The Prime Minister of Somalia, Mohamed Hussein Roble, today chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in Mogadishu, giving details on his meeting with the National Consultative Forum, confirming that they agreed to conclude the Upper House elections next week.

Prime Minister Roble said that the forum also agreed to convene a discussion meeting in how to further expedite the election of the House of the People.

The Prime Minister said at the Cabinet meeting today that he had worked hard to find a solution and create an atmosphere of understanding between Northern politicians led by Speaker of the Upper House Abdi Hashi Abdullahi and Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed.

He said he had abolished the chairmanship of both sides of the Northern Electoral Commission and decided to hold new elections, adding that the committee shall elect from among themselves who shall lead the election of the northern councilors.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble also briefed the Council on his recent visit to London and his participation in the International Education Conference and his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Roble’s comments come a day after the Speaker of the Upper House said he had boycotted the Northern Electoral Commission’s new election process.

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