Somalia’s President Supports Outcome of Election Meeting Chaired by PM


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Monday supported the outcome of an election meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, saying it had addressed concerns raised on the transparency of ongoing polls.

In a pre-recorded video message, Farmajo said a meeting of the National Consultative Council convened by the Premier had produced a “pleasant result” corroborating the September 17 2020 election deal and other agreements.

Weeks after attempting to suspend his Prime Minister and to take over his office in what Roble said was a failed coup attempt, Farmajo now striking a more conciliatory tone, called on all parties to the current tensions not to rush to hostilities and cooperate on the conduct of peaceful polls.

He urged the members of the NCC to follow through with their new election schedule and conclude the long-delayed polls.

His remarks have come after the Prime Minister accused him last month of a failed coup and of organizing a forceful takeover of his office by security forces, and amid defense lines set up inside the presidential palace by rival forces allied with each men. Just days earlier, he ordered the central bank governor not to release cash seized from the UAE in opposition to the Premier’s pledge that he would return $9.6 million to the Gulf Arab country.

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