MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United Nations envoy to Somalia James Swan held a meeting with Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday to discuss the progress made on elections.
It came days after the Horn of Africa country kicked off Lower House of Parliament elections, though tensions over seats still remained.
In a statement, Somali Prime Minister office said he had discussed “progress on the elections and International Community’s support” with the United Nations envoy to Somalia James Swan during a meeting held at his office.
“Swan underscored the need to accelerate the process,” the statement added while further noting that Roble had also called on regional leaders to “immediately begin the elections”.
H.E. PM @MohamedHRoble had a meeting with SRSG James Swan to discuss progress on the elections and International Community’s support.The PM and Amb. Swan underscored the need to accelerate the process. PM Roble had also called on the FMS leaders to immediately begin the elections pic.twitter.com/uanAr7gFew
— SomaliPM (@SomaliPM) November 7, 2021
In a separate statement, UN envoy to Somalia “appreciated the opportunity to meet” Somali prime minister to discuss ways to accelerate the country’s electoral process.
.@UN Special Rep. James Swan appreciated the opportunity to meet Prime Minister @MohamedHRoble today to discuss ways to accelerate #Somalia‘s #electoral process, including how the Federal Member States and #election management bodies can help advance the process quickly. pic.twitter.com/ZLFV9IN0vS
— UNSOM (@UNSomalia) November 7, 2021
Somalia’s international partners said on Friday they were deeply concerned about the continuing delays in the country’s electoral process and called on federal and regional leaders to speed up polls.
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