UK says won’t support extension of government mandate in Somalia

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United Kingdom will not support any extension of the mandates of Somalia’s government and parliament after their terms ended several months ago, Minister for Africa James Duddrige has said on Saturday.

“The UK underlines the urgent need for Somali leaders to come together and reach consensus on implementing the electoral process, according to the model agreed on 17 September and the recommendations of the 16 February Baidoa Technical Committee,” UK Minister for Africa said in a statement.

“The UK will not support actions that lead to partial or parallel electoral processes, or an automatic extension of previous mandates,” he added.

In the statement Mr Duddridge called on Somalia’s leaders to overcome the deadlock, considering “the interests of the Somali people, and our collective interests in the security, development and growth of Somalia”.

“We call on Somalia’s leaders to overcome the deadlock, engage in constructive dialogue and hold inclusive and credible elections as soon as possible.”

It comes after talks aimed at ending dispute over elections failed to be held in Mogadishu and amid the specter of speculations that the federal parliament was planning an extension of mandate for the government, nearly two months after its term ended.

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