US calls on Somalia’s President, PM to Solve Dispute

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MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and his prime minister need to the resolve their differences immediately, the United States Bureau of African Affairs said on Wednesday, as tensions in the Horn of Africa nation threaten long-delayed polls.

It came after rift between Somalia’s most powerful leaders reached new heights over the past weeks, nominally over the murder of a female spy, whose family continues to demand justice in case involving senior members of the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

Presidential elections slated for October have also hit another delay this week due to the ongoing political wrangling amid fears raised that the vote could face further postponements.

The National Consultative Council “must complete elections this year”, US Bureau of African Affairs tweeted on Thursday following meeting between State Department officials and Somali foreign minister Mohamed Abdirizak.

Somalia’s president and prime minister “need to end their dispute quickly”, it added. “The U.S remains committed to Somalia’s peace, security, and prosperity.”

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