MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has chaired a meeting with foreign ambassadors in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday to discuss the current political crisis in the country.
Among the key issues discussed at the meeting is the resumption of talks between the federal government and regional state leaders on May 20 as part of last-minute efforts aimed at bringing an end to electoral impasse.
Foreign ambassadors expressed support for the prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s role in easing tensions in Mogadishu and initiative to bring together disputing sides to end a long-simmering dispute.
It comes a few days after opposition leaders threw doubt over the prime minister’s “neutrality” and urged him not to waste time in trips to overseas countries but move ahead with efforts to hold elections that are “agreeable” to all sides.
Long-running tensions over delayed polls and outgoing president’s move to extend his term in office earlier led to clashes between Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s supporters and opposition-aligned forces, though steps taken to demilitarize the city have seen withdrawal of military forces from the capital to give talks a chance and complete the electoral process.
International partners earlier suspended budget funds to Somalia’s government due to its failure to hold timely elections and address concerns raised over a possible power grab.
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