Federal Govt & States Blame Each Other As Poll Talks Fail Again

Preliminary meeting aimed at resolving the electoral impasse in Somalia has once again failed to reach an agreement after four days talks between federal government and regional states leaders.

In a press conference, Osman Dubbe information minister pointed fingers at Jubaland and Puntland leaders for the failed talks.

“The government is making it clear to the Somali people today that the two regional presidents of Puntland and Jubaland do not want elections to take place in this country based on the September 17th agreement and the February 16th memorandum of understanding, ” Dubbe said.

Speaking at a press conference Puntland State Information Minister Abdullahi Ali Hirsi (Tima’added) said they were not aware of any failed talks.

“We thought we were taking a break so that we could resume, the president (Farmaajo) and does not want elections to take place in the country always accusing Jubaland and Puntland” Tima’adde said during a press conference in Garowe.

Failure to resolve the electoral stalemate has plunged Somalia into a political crisis since President Farmajo’s term will end on Feb. 8 while the four-year term of parliament ended on Dec. 27, 2020.

The preliminary talks were expected to make way forward for the delayed elections

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