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US backs PM Roble, issues serious warning

Washington (SD) – The US government for the first time said it will take firm action against anyone who obstructs the peace process and elections in Somalia.

The statement from the United States strongly supported Prime Minister Roble’s efforts to hold a credible elections.

“The U.S. is prepared to act against those who obstruct Somalia’s path to peace. The attempted suspension of @MohamedHRoble is alarming & we support his efforts for rapid & credible elections. All parties must desist from escalatory actions & statements.” A Tweet from the State Department’s Africa Office said.

The statement follows a statement from the US Embassy in Mogadishu on the situation in the country.

“We again call on #Somalia’s leaders to de-escalate tensions and refrain from all provocations or use of force. An NCC meeting is urgently needed to accelerate and improve the electoral process and bring the elections to a rapid, credible conclusion.” Tweeted the US Embassy in Mogadishu.

The US statements came as Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo suspended Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, sparking a power struggle between the two sides.

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