Somalia’s PM and Regional Presidents Head to Kismayo For Election Talks

Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s federal and regional leaders are heading to the town of Kismayo in the Lower Juba region for talks on elections scheduled to be held within 60 days as required by an agreement signed last month, Caasimada Online website has reported on Tuesday.

Somali prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, the mayor of Mogadishu and the presidents of four regional presidents are expected to arrive in Kismayo within the next few days in a visit aimed at boosting efforts toward holding elections within the set timeline.

It will be the prime minister’s first visit to the town since he has come to office last year and he will chair the first meeting by federal and regional leaders in the town after dispute over delayed elections frayed the country.

The two sides will also assess achievements made thus far in implementing terms of an agreement signed last month to hold elections within two months.

Since the two sides reached a deal to end moths-long impasse, the government removed 34 out of 67 members of the electoral boards said to be allies of the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi, though the move has been criticized by some opposition leaders, who say all other alleged members should be fired.

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