International partners urge Somali leaders to urgently resolve rift

Somalia map
Somalia map

International partners on Friday called on Somali President Mohamed Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble to swiftly resolve their political differences to help enhance stability in the country.

The partners including the African Union and United Nations, among others, expressed concern about the escalating dispute between the two Somali leaders which they said will undermine the country’s stability and derail the electoral process.

“We urge the President and Prime Minister to resolve their differences immediately, avoid further unhelpful exchanges of public statements and personnel announcements, refrain from any action that could destabilize the security situation, and re-focus on concluding the overdue elections without further delay,” the partners said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu.

The public spat between the two leaders erupted last week when Roble fired two of the country’s government officials within security agencies only to be overruled by Farmajo, raising fears of power struggle between the two leaders.

The statement was issued as Somalis mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 17 agreement on the electoral model which was agreed between the government and leaders of the five federal member states.

The partners said Somali people need and deserve effective and inclusive governance, noting that the ongoing division and politicization risks are undermining the important progress that has been made. Enditem

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