The United States on Monday called on the President and Prime Minister of Somalia to resolve their “dispute” so as not to further delay the country’s electoral process, with the African nation’s presidential election scheduled for October 10th.
“Cooperation between the heads of state and government of Somalia – particularly President Farmajo and Prime Minister Roble – is essential to ensure that the country quickly completes its ongoing electoral process,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a Declaration.
“The dispute between President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble risks complicating this process and must be resolved immediately and peacefully.”
The popular rivalry between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed known as Farmaajo, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has raised concerns about the stability of the country.
The protracted dispute escalated this week, when Farmaajo suspended Roble’s executive powers to elect a president on October 10, but leaders’ ridicule threatens to jeopardize the repeatedly delayed election and divert efforts to counter a long-running Islamist uprising.
< Washington "worried" about the month-long delay. , Price said, stressing that any further postponement "increases the potential for violence and plays into the hands of al-Shabaab and other extremist groups that want to destabilize the country."
The radical Islamist group Al-Shabaab , whose riots started in Somalia in 2007, control large rural areas and regularly carry out attacks in the capital.