US Tells Somalia’s Leaders to Stay in Mogadishu Until Deal Reached

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The United States has asked Somalia’s federal and regional leaders to stay in Mogadishu “until an election agreement is reached” as dispute over presidential vote worsens political tensions in the country.

In a statement, US embassy in Mogadishu said on Sunday that failure was not an option after several rounds of talks between Somali leaders collapsed due to key sticking points on which neither side wanted to make compromises.

“The people of Somalia want elections now,” the embassy said, adding that the leaders “must stay in Mogadishu until an election agreement is reached.”

It has come a few days after US Secretary of State called on Somalia to hold elections immediately, though efforts to hold presidential and parliamentary votes have yet to gather pace.

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