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UN envoy in Kismayo to hold talks with Madobe over electoral process dispute

KISMAYO (SD) – Head of UN Mission Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), James Swan has today visited Kismayo in his last efforts to convince Somali stakeholders to dialogue.

The UN envoy is expected to hold talks with Jubbaland leader, Ahmed Madobe over the upcoming elections.

Madobe alongside his closest ally, Puntland leader Said Abdullahi Deni were at loggerheads with president Farmajo over troops deployed in Gedo region. The two vacate their stance against elections.

Jubbaland and Puntland leaders who demanded pulls out troops from Gedo as a precondition for participating in the elections last week announced their members of State Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (SIEIT) week after pressure by international community.

Jubbaland information minister, Abdi Hussein Sheikh told BBC Somali that his state will participate the forum saying it would be another opportunity to resolve the differences.

“Good step, we welcome it, the meeting would have been held long time ago but we it is not yet late to resolve dispute over electoral process,” he said.

The meeting between Ahmed Madobe and the UN envoy will play a vital role in the upcoming Dhusamareeb forum announced by president Farmajo.

The three-day conference which will focus on electoral process dispute is set to commenced on Tuesday.

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