Jan 25, 2022

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Kenya, Uganda back new Somalia elections timeline

Somalia’s regional neighbors Kenya and Uganda have joined international partners to endorse the Horn of Africa’s newest timetable for parliamentary elections to be completed by February 25th.

< p class = "align-- justify"> And the countries said in a joint statement that they hoped the new timetables could be met, especially as they were the result of extensive consultations with stakeholders in Mogadishu.

In the declaration, which was also endorsed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the United Nations, the European Union and other countries, the country’s leaders must now ensure that the timetables are credible Elections match.

“We are pleased that the Prime Minister and the heads of state and government of the federal states are based on their decisions of consultations with civil society, women’s representatives and opposition activists, “they said in a statement that was also shared by Egypt, Japan, the League of Arab States (LAS), Netherland, Norway, Qatar, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

“It is time for all Somali heads of state and government to concentrate on the rapid development of the implementation of agreed resolutions, so that by February 25th credible electoral process can be completed. ”

Approval critical

The approval of the international partners is of crucial importance as they funded most of the heavily delayed elections. On Sunday, Somalia’s Prime Minister Hussein Roble issued an eight-point statement saying that an advisory meeting had agreed on February 25th as the final day for the general election.

Somalia originally had elections scheduled to start in November 2020, but disagreements over mode and security measures delayed the elections for more than a year. The 54-member Senate elections have been completed, although they dragged on for three months since August last year.

Somalia must also occupy the 275 seats in the lower house in order to create a bicameral parliament, who will then vote in indirect elections for a new president.

On Tuesday the mission of the African Union in Somalia (Amisom), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia , The EU, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland and Italy also supported calls to accelerate the elections.

But the biggest concern among partners was themselves the main Somali leaders.

Explanation of the schedules

Mr Roble gave the explanation on. out schedules after the admission of the National Consultative Council (NCC), which he chairs and which includes all five state presidents and the mayor of Mogadishu. He did so after a public dispute with President Mohamed Farmaajo, who had accused the Prime Minister of not holding the elections in time.

On Monday, President Farmaajo calmed nerves in the country after publicly endorsing a new election calendar announced by PM Roble.

In a video announcement, Mr Farmaajo said he would do his utmost to ensure that the electoral process did so will be completed as soon as possible.

This support was important as he and the Prime Minister had apparently debated who was responsible for the country’s executive powers, particularly security should be how the country discussed what to do with the unfinished polls.

But that statement came just 10 days after Mr Farmaajo considered Mr Roble in holding elections ge failed. The Somali President had suspended the Prime Minister who later opposed him.

Accelerate elections

Mr Farmaajo’s speech on Monday, broadcast on national television, urged the leaders of the federal member states (FMS) to accelerate the elections, in line with the communiqué issued on the Sunday following the NCC meeting chaired by Prime Minister Roble in Mogadishu.

He referred to the document signed jointly by the Prime Minister, the five presidents of the states and the Mayor of Mogadishu, who is also Governor of Benadir, according to which the parliamentary elections in progress will take place between May 15. and February 25th.