The long-postponed elections in Somalia will go “as planned,” Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble told UN diplomats on Sunday, despite a harmful feud between him and the country’s president sparking new fears for the troubled Horn of Africa nation .
The very public argument between Roble and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmaajo, comes as Somalia struggles to organize polls months behind schedule and an Islamist uprising at bay As senior politicians made frantic efforts to ease tension and end the impasse, Roble told a delegation led by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed that the vote was going on as planned would.
The increasingly bitter dispute threatened to put an already fragile electoral process in even greater danger.
Farmaajo’s four-year mandate expired in February but was extended by parliament in April, sparking deadly shootings in the capital Mogadishu, considered by some rivals to be a blatant seizure of power.
The Prime Minister’s pledge
< Roble cobbled together a new schedule for the elections, but the process lagged and on Wednesday he accused Farmaajo of trying to "recapture election and security" from him.
On Sunday, When Roble tried to reassure UN diplomats about the vote, his office released a statement saying, “We are determined to hold the elections as planned and other existing matters will not” affect the elections. “
“The Prime Minister briefed the delegation on the achievements in (holding) the elections … and how he is advocating peaceful and transparent elections. , “reads the statement.
Elections in Somalia follow a complex indirect model in which state parliaments and clan delegates select legislators for the national parliament, who in turn elect the president.
< p> The next phase is planned for the period from October 1st to November 25th.
The dispute broke out l Last week Roble fired the head of Somalia’s intelligence services conducting a high-profile investigation into the disappearance of a young agent.
Farmaajo suspended the prime minister and appointed the dismissed intelligence officer as his national security advisor.
Roble, in turn, accused the president of conducting the investigation ” and dismissed the security minister late on Wednesday night and replaced him with a Farmaajo critic.
The Spat raised the political temperature in Mogadishu as a coalition opposit Ionic presidential candidate on Friday said she “supports the Prime Minister … and condemns the outgoing President’s actions”.
The UN Aid Mission in Somalia last week called on both heads of state and government to stop the bickering and focus on the elections.
Analysts say the political crises in Somalia have diverted attention from more pressing threats, particularly the violent Al-Shabaab insurgency.
The Al-Qaeda Allies were expelled from Mogadishu ten years ago t maintains control of land and continues to carry out deadly attacks.