Somalia Election Talks Stall after Leaders Traded Insults


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A meeting between Somalia’s regional leaders at Afisyoni camp in the capital Mogadishu ended without results for the second day in a row on Sunday amid efforts by the international community to break deadlock over the country’s elections.

It comes after president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, whose term ended nearly two months ago rebuffed proposals by the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland states on points they had demanded to be added to an agenda for upcoming summit, which is aimed at ending elections stalemate.

Officials of the two regional states say hopes for a breakthrough have receded and the president’s insistence on removing points they had proposed from the agenda dashed efforts by the international partners to resolve the dispute.

Pro-government leader of Galmudug regional state Ahmed Qoor insulted the presidents of Puntland and Jubaland, accusing them of being “traitors” working for foreign nations, including the UAE and Kenya, in what many said was an apparent attempt to lead to the breakdown of talks.

Some of the regional officials walked away from the meeting, prompting calls by the international partners for president Farmajo to reconvene another conference on Tuesday after a one-day break.

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