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Speaker of the Upper House opposes Somalia’s election agreement

Mogadishu (SD) – Federal Politicians from the northern regions of Somalia, especially the faction led by Speaker of the Upper House Abdi Hashi Abdullahi on Wednesday issued a statement confirming that they had no say on the reached election agreement.

The statement said they hoped that Abdi Hashi would be included in the Afisiyoni election discussion conference, but that did not happen.

“We want to make it clear to our political stakeholders, the Somali people and the international community that we have no say in the matter, we have not received any accurate information on the status of the Somaliland issue, which was one of the three issues addressed at the conference,” the statement said.

They also stated that they will decide on the outcome of the conference and share it with the Somali people at a later time.

The two factions of the northern politicians met in Mogadishu in recent days but could not agree on the distribution of the members of the Northern Electoral Commission.

The dispute was later mediated by Prime Minister Roble and the leaders of Puntland and Jubbaland, and allocated suggested they share the Northern Electoral Commission, although it appears that Abdi Hashi is not satisfied with the distribution.

The Speaker’s Wing has been given 5 members from the Northern Regions Election Commission, the remaining 10 were given to deputy PM Mahdi Guled, according to sources close to the consultative meeting.

Somalia’s contentious election talks are set to conclude today, with stakeholders releasing a joint communique.

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