US Urges Somalia’s Leaders to Swiftly Conclude Credible Polls

A view shows a deserted street following gunfire between factions within Somalia's security forces in Mogadishu, Somalia April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United States on Wednesday urged Somalia’s five regional state presidents to swiftly conclude credible, transparent and inclusive elections, warning against further delays amid growing fraud and manipulation allegations overshadowing the process, which the opposition has boycotted, describing it as a “brazen fraud”.

US embassy in Somalia, in a tweet, asked the presidents of Puntland, Hirshabelle, Southwest, Jubaland and Galmudug to work on the immediate conclusion of the parliamentary votes. “A timely, broadly accepted process is critical to Somalia’s future,” It added.

It follows meeting between international donors and Somalia’s electoral board and conflict resolution team. Both sides “discussed electoral work completed to date and underscored need for credible and widely-accepted process going forward”, according to UN mission in Somalia.

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