Somalia’s Prime Minister Promises Free, Fair Elections


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has on Friday promised to hold free and fair elections agreeable to all sides involved in the country’s political crisis.

In a speech at a ceremony held in Daynile district of Mogadishu to mark his achievements in defusing tensions in the capital over delayed polls and ending dispute between federal and regional leaders, the prime minister said he has “no specific political interest” in the upcoming vote.

He affirmed commitment to conducting “just and transparent” elections, despite skepticism by some of the opposition leaders over the process.

It comes days after a government-appointed committee announced it had removed 34 out of 67 members of the electoral boards said to be allies of the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. Some of the opposition leaders, including Abdirahman Abdishakur rejected the move and called for an explanation on the criteria followed during the process.

“If my friend, my predecessor Hassan Ali Khaire and president Farmajo are in the race to elections, I will deal with them equally,” the prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said.

“There is specific party I am backing and I am expected to conduct a just process.”

Somali prime minister urged opposition leaders and candidates to have faith in his efforts to hold peaceful and transparent elections in the country after a recent agreement ended months-long impasse.

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