Somalia’s Opposition and Two Regional States Announce Salvation Council

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s opposition presidential candidates and the states of Puntland and Jubaland, along with the speaker of the upper house of parliament have announced a National Salvation Council amid deepening political crisis in the Horn of Africa nation.

Speaker of the upper house of parliament Abdi Hashi Abdullahi has been elected leader of the council, whose task is to work on ways of holding free and fair elections and preventing partial polls.

The agreement has come as talks between president Farmajo, whose term ended last month, and the country’s regional state leaders are due to be held in the heavily fortified Halane base camp in Mogadishu next week under the auspices of the international community.

Opposition leaders say prospects for a breakthrough over elections have receded and accuse Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of being an obstacle to a peaceful transition of power.

International partners of the war-torn nation had earlier warned of partial and parallel elections after government announced it was moving ahead with efforts to hold polls without Jubaland and Puntland regional states participation, while the opposition threatened it would opt for a parallel process if president Farmajo’s term expires.

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