MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A meeting between Somalia’s federal and regional leaders has kicked off in the capital Mogadishu on Monday as deadline for upcoming elections nears, just a few weeks after the country’s leaders agreed to hold polls within 60 days following a long-running dispute.
Somali prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is chairing the meeting, having in attendance of four regional presidents and the mayor of Mogadishu.
It comes after the president of Hirshabelle state Ali Gudlawe boycotted the conference on Sunday, citing lack of consultation but he has later been convinced to attend the summit via Zoom after his concerns have been addressed by the prime minister.
It is expected that the leaders will discuss revising an electoral agreement signed on May 27 that required elections to be held within two months, though 30 days have already elapsed without major achievements made regarding the electoral process.
Among key issues on the table are reducing the number of delegates selecting every MP from 101 to 71 and the number of constituencies where MPs will be chosen.
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