Somalia: Technical Committee on Elections Meets in Mogadishu

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A technical committee appointed by Somalia’s federal government and federal member states has met at Decale airport inside Adan Adde airport in the capital Mogadishu, despite the absence of three regional state representatives.

The team had met in Baidoa last month to agree on ways elections stalemate can be brought to an end before meeting between Somali federal and regional leaders.

The federal government said on Thursday that the 14-member technical committee was meeting to discuss issues related to efforts aimed at ending the long-standing dispute over elections.

But Puntland and Jubaland authorities denied the government’s statement, saying they were not aware of such a meeting being held in Mogadishu amid the presence of regional state leaders in the capital for a summit scheduled to be held next week.

Local media reports say that Galmudug is also not part of the meeting at Decale Hotel, though regional authorities have not yet commented on absence of its representatives from the venue.

It comes days before scheduled talks between Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and federal member state leaders, which will be held in Halane base camp under the auspices of the international community as part of last-ditch efforts aimed to end electoral impasse.

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