Lafta Gareen Returns To Baidoa As South West State Anticipates Upper House Elections

South West President Abdiaziz Lafta Gareen has left for Baidoa for the upper house elections after holding meetings with leaders in the past weels in Mogadishu.

According to sources, South West state will be the first state to start the Upper House elections

President Lafta Gareen has taken on the role of mediator, after meeting with the Union of Candidates last night at Decale hotel in Mogadishu to address the concerns.

Sources close to the South West President say he has been in contact with the Presidents of Puntland and Jubbaland and progress has been made.

President Farmajo is pushing for the three regional administrations to hold elections in the Upper House, and it is unknown what the impact will be if elections take place in the three regional states, in the absence of Puntland and Jubbaland.

On Saturday Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble pledged to hold elections after holding talks with three regional state leaders and Mogadishu mayor without Jubaland and Puntland.

The Prime minister made the announcement after holding a closed-door meeting with the leaders of talks with the Galmudug, HirShabelle and Southwest state.

Galmudug state leader Ahmed Karie QoorQoor said the leaders of Puntland and Jubaland he did not get any responses from Jubaland and Puntland.

In rejoinder, the Jubaland state leader Ahmed Islam Madobe said he was ready for elections and urged the federal government to convene a meeting and the issue of the removal of the federal government troops be postponed.

The opposition leaders have in the past accused the central government of mixing NISA and civil servants in the electoral committee and called on the committee to be disbanded.