International Community Says Dissapointed Over Somalia Polls Impasse, Demand Dialogue

Somalia’s international partners have deeply expressed concern over the continuing impasse in implementing the electoral process agreed upon on September 17th by the federal government and the leaders of the Federal Member States.

“We urge Somalia’s top political stakeholders to demonstrate leadership in the interest of the nation and to quickly resolve outstanding issues of implementation through dialogue and compromise so that a credible electoral process can proceed as soon as possible,” the statement from the international community read in part read in part.

The international partners also called leaders to respect and implement the 30% women quota in the upcoming election as agreed in September.

The international partners warned against any threat or use of violence is not acceptable in the statement.

They also called for free and open political space in which candidates are able to express their views peacefully and the media is able to operate without restrictions.

The international partners include the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, European Union, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, US and the United Nations.

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Saturday announced the election to proceed so as to not waste no more time after holding a meeting with three regional state leaders and the Mayor of Mogadishu.

The horn African nation has so far missed two parliamentary elections deadline.