Somalia’s Opposition Holds First Meeting After Pre-election Deal


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s opposition leaders have held their first meeting since election deal ended months-long stalemate last week to discuss the current situation in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation.

Opposition presidential candidates met on Tuesday night in the capital Mogadishu, a day after submitting a list of 67 members of the country’s electoral boards and asked prime minister to remove them for being allies of the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

It has come hours after a ministerial-level committee tasked with resolving dispute on the electoral boards announced it had received the list.

Leaders focused issues, including the current political situation in the country and elections scheduled to be held within two months, according to the chair of the Council of Presidential Candidates Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

There have been reports that opposition leaders are still skeptical about an agreement reached by the prime minister and regional presidents. A senior member of the opposition earlier told BBC’s Focus on Africa that they had fear that the outgoing president might again interfere in elections.

Most of the presidential candidates, who are expected to run against the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in the upcoming elections, have attended Tuesday’s meeting.

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