US Says Prepared to Take Action Against Somalia Election Spoilers

Somalia, recovering from decades of civil war, is facing its worst political crisis in recent years after the failure to hold planned elections in February [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United States on Wednesday threatened to take action against election spoilers in Somalia,  days after the country’s Prime Minister and regional presidents agreed to conclude polls by February 25 and deploy African Union peacekeepers to the presidential palace where two rival government troops had dug defensive positions.

Somalia’s elections are more than a year behind schedule. The U.S. is prepared to take measures against spoilers if the new National Consultative Council timeline is not met,” US State Department Bureau of African Affairs tweeted.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Somalia’s international partners welcomed an agreement reached by the Prime Minister and regional leaders on contentious election issues, and called on the country’s political stakeholders to avoid using security forces for personal political motives.

It is time for all Somali leaders to focus on the rapid implementation of agreed decisions so that a credible electoral process can be concluded by 25 February,” Somalia’s international partners said.

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