Washington (SD) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on the leaders of the federal government and federal member states to complete the country’s electoral process as soon as possible.
Blinken on a released statement fist congratulated Somalia on its 61 anniversary of Independence.
“On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and Government of Somalia on the 61st anniversary of your independence. We are proud to continue our support for your efforts to build a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Somalia.” Read Secretary Blinken’s statement.
Adding “ The United States stands with Somalia as you celebrate your National Day.
The US Secretary of State also said that his government is pleased to continue to support the efforts of Somali leaders to build peace, stability and prosperity in Somalia.
“On this occasion, we urge continued cooperation among Somalia’s national and federal member state leaders to enable the conclusion of a peaceful, inclusive, and transparent electoral process as soon as possible. This is vital to ensure a positive future for Somalia’s people.” Read Secretary Blinken’s statement.
The US statement comes at a time when Somalia’s central and regional governments have recently agreed on a timetable for the Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
The new election timetable stipulates that election for the two houses of parliament to be completed by September 20, while the presidential election will be held on October 10, 2021.
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