UN Envoy, Somalia’s PM Meet to Discuss Progress on Elections

UN envoy, Somali PM

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”.

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.

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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