MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said his government is working to hold free, fair and inclusive elections with largest number of participants since the civil war during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, bragging that his administration is successfully confronting international terrorism.
“The Somali federal government is working tirelessly to achieve the UN sustainable development goals with and for our people. We are doing this by successfully confronting international terrorism,” Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo told United General Assembly.
“We are currently finalizing the process of holding free, fair and inclusive elections with largest number of Somali electoral participants since the civil war in Somalia.”
The Horn of Africa nation’s embattled president has been in a dispute with his prime minister, which reached a destabilizing level over the past weeks, nominally over the murder of a female spy. On Tuesday, there were reports that he had set conditions on the resumption of talks to end tensions with the premier.
Farmajo said elections are centered on “respecting the rights and the wishes of the Somali people, including the rights of women and the youth to represent themselves within a very political arena that governs them”.
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