PM Roble meets AU and SPF chiefs amid political crisis in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Sunday held a meeting with senior police chiefs from both Somali and the African Union Mission Forces [AMISOM] where they discussed a host of issues
Present in the meeting was Police Commander Abdi Hijar, AMISOM Police Commissioner, and the Chairman of the Somaliland elections team. Somalia is currently holding elections which are set to culminate in presidential polls by the end of 2021.
The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the facilitation and security of the Upper House elections in the Northern regions of Somaliland which are expected to run from September. 28 to 30th September this month bu delayed.
Outgoing Senate Speaker Abdi Hashi and Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Gulaid agreed on various regulations with regard to elections after months of the standoff. The two have been tussling to control the region's politics.
PM Roble directed the Chairman of the Somaliland Electoral Commission to expedite the elections of the Upper House according to the electoral timelines. Somaliland is set to elect 11 senators in Mogadishu.
The Prime Minister also urged the Somali Police Commissioner and AMISOM Police Command on the need to uphold tight security during the Upper House elections in Somaliland and called on both parties to work hand-in-hand to ensure the security of the elections.
Registration of candidates for the Upper House in Somaliland ended on Saturday with candidates’ speeches scheduled to begin tomorrow, thereafter, followed by-elections. All interested male candidates paid $20,000 while women parted with $10,000.
The international partners are putting pressure on the PM and Farmajo to resolve their dispute through meaningful dialogue to avoid violence and more delays in the elections.