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UN calls for solution to end Somalia’s electoral impasse

DHUSAMAREB (SD) – UN has reiterated the need for dialogue and consensus going forward to resolve Somalia’s current electoral impasse.

James Swan, UN envoy to Somalia who arrived in Dhusamareb on Sunday has expressed concerned over the ongoing disagreements over the implementation of the 2020/21 electoral process.

The envoy called on Somali stakeholders to reconvene to resolve concerns about the management of the electoral process through consensus-building.

Mr. Swan is expected to hold talks with Galmudug state president Ahmed Abdi Kariye who close of Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

According to sources, the sides will be discussing the dispute over Somalia’s electoral process and UN development projects in Galmudug state.

Since early last week, International community has been pressuring leaders of Somali federal government and regional states to come at the negotiating table to iron out differences over the poll process.

Leaders of Jubbaland, Puntland state and opposition parties have rejected the current electoral committee appointed by president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, calling for the removal of some of the appointees who are said to be spy agents and civil servants.

The mandate of the incumbent president will be lapsing 8th of next month, a move analysts say could create “power vacuum”.


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