UN Security Council Hails Agreement to Hold Credible Polls in Somalia


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United Nations Security Council welcomed a deal reached by Somalia’s federal and regional leaders to hold “credible elections” within 60 days.

In a press statement, 15 members of the council commended the country’s prime minister and regional presidents for putting first “Somalia’s stability, security and development, and the best interests of the Somali people”.

On Thursday, Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and 5 regional presidents along with the mayor of Mogadishu agreed to hold elections within 60 days in a deal that ended months-long stalemate.

The peace and security body welcomed the commitment to “hold peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible elections, which respect the agreed-upon minimum 30% women’s quota in parliament”.

The United Nations Security Council called on Somalia’s leaders to implement terms of the agreement and hold election on its due date to prevent further dispute over the process.

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