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Turkey hails Somali parliament decision to hold elections

ISTANBUL (SD) – Turkish government has said a decision by Somalia’s lower house members would help the horn of Africa nation hold commonly agreed parliamentary and presidential elections.

Somali lower house on Saturday adopted a resolution allowing the country to head elections based on the Sept. 17, 2020, electoral agreement.

The house also discarded their previous decision to grant themselves and President Mohamed Farmaajo a two-year controversial term extension.

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry lauded the decision of Somalia’s lower house of parliament to nullify the “Special Law on Federal Elections” and return to the modalities outlined in the Sept. 17, 2020, electoral agreement.

“We welcome the decision of the Lower House of the Somali Parliament today (1 May), which endorses holding the elections on the basis of the 17 September agreement as soon as possible,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey said the move facilitate the resumption of the talk between the federal government and regional states.

 “We hope that this development will serve to restart constructive talks among political stakeholders without delay and ensure progress on the basis of social consensus by overcoming disagreements,” the ministry said.

According to prime minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble, the federal government is expected to hold talks with the regional states over the implementation of 17th Sep deal.

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