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Somali poll talks flop, gov’t blames foreign states

MOGADISHU (SD) – The electoral talks in Dhusamareb town have once again hit a hard-rock after the leaders from the federal government and regional state failed to seal a deal over contentious issues.

Following the three-day talks, Somali Information Minister Osman Dubbe told the state owned media that the talks ended without an agreement.

Dubbe also said Farmajo had compromised and agreed to remove names which the opposition and regional governments considered his cronies, ‘though the September agreement did not bar the president from appointing government and security officials’.

The minister accused foreign countries of interfering in the talks without giving out further details of the so called foreign states.

He blamed Jubbaland president Ahmed Madobe for being responsible for the failure of the talks saying the federal government federal government leaders made concessions on all contentions issues.

“The Government proposed that AMISOM police observe the elections in Gedo region but Madobe declined,” Dube said, “There was no way a new administration could be appointed in Gedo since there was no agreement on the differences that resulted in the fighting.

According sources privy to the Federal-State discussion forum, Jubaland leader stood ground that Somali troops deployed in Gedo region ought to be removed from the region.

Madobe had also demanded to appoint a new governor in Gedo region and that his administration oversees the elections in Gerbaharey, the headquarters of the region.

Somaliland elections

On the issue of Somaliland, Dube said speaker of the country senate house had turned down a proposal to appoint the elections team for Somaliland.

“Though it was illegal, the Federal Government allowed Hashi to appoint 40% (4) of the team but he refused,” said Dube.

The leader of the Senate has not yet commented on the remarks of the minister.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is today expected to a joint parliament session in Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The mandate of president Farmajo who was elected in 2017 will lapse in 8th of this month.

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