Somalia’s Leader Meets Pro-Government State Leaders on Upcoming Elections

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s leader Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has held a meeting with three pro-government regional state leaders in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday to discuss plans to hold upcoming elections.

The meeting was attended by the leaders of Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Southwest regional states and the mayor of Mogadishu and Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, just two days after the capital was rocked by protests and clashes over delayed elections.

According to a statement issued by the president’s press office, the leaders discussed ways of implementing recommendations recently put forward by a technical committee comprised of the federal government and regional states.

Local media has reported that international community representatives including UN envoy to Somalia James Swan attended the conference.

Puntland and Jubaland regional state leaders, who have been in a heated dispute with the federal government, did not attend the meeting, which came after electoral talks scheduled to take place from February 18-19 had been delayed due to the recent violence.

Earlier, Jubaland vice president Mohamud Sayed Adan said his administration would reconsider whether to attend electoral talks between the federal government and federal member states.

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