US Urges Somalia’s leaders to Cooperate to Hold ‘Peaceful’ Elections


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – US State Department has called on Somalia’s federal and regional leaders to continue cooperation on efforts to hold “peaceful” elections in the Horn of Africa nation, days after the prime minister announced indirect polls will be held in October.

“On this occasion, we urge continued cooperation among Somalia’s national and federal member state leaders to enable the conclusion of a peaceful, inclusive, and transparent electoral process as soon as possible,” US State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

“This is vital to ensure a positive future for Somalia’s people,” It added.

After talks with regional presidents, Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said an indirect vote will be held on October 10 elect president and announced a new election schedule, weeks after tensions over delayed polls were defused by an agreement signed on May 27.

The US also congratulated Somalia on the 61st anniversary of its independence as the country marks the day it gained independence from the Italian colony.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and Government of Somalia on the 61st anniversary of your independence.  We are proud to continue our support for your efforts to build a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Somalia,” statement reads.

“The United States stands with Somalia as you celebrate your National Day.”

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