United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated his concern over “the continuing political stalemate over the holding of elections” in Somalia, despite rounds of consultations among Somali political actors.
Through a statement, Guterres has regretted that “the prolonged stalemate entails significant risks to the stability of the country and the well-being of the Somali people, who are already facing a dire humanitarian situation and precarious security conditions.”
In this context, the UN top representative has urged the Federal Government of Somalia and all Federal Member State leaders to “engage in dialogue and hold the planned summit urgently and without preconditions to resolve their differences over the electoral process and reach a consensus on the way forward.”
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On the other hand, he welcomed the commitment of the Somali leaders to the September 17 electoral model and called on them to “quickly agree on its rapid implementation and the holding of elections without further delay”.
Finally, Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to “support Somalia towards peace, stability and prosperity”.
Also on Tuesday, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, urged Somalia’s political leaders to reach “a compromise” to end the crisis unleashed in the country because of the elections scheduled for December.
The President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, summoned on Monday the leaders of the states that make up the country to unblock the crisis, during which his mandate expired without new elections being held, which has been repeatedly denounced by the opposition. However, the meeting ended without any progress.
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