Somalia: Prime Minister meets opposition to allay fears

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, September 23, 2020. AFP - STRINGER

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The ballot, which should be completed on December 24, is contested by the opposition and, Friday, November 26, the country's international partners intervened to recall the rules.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister met with opposition candidates to try to allay their fears.

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Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble invited all major political players to Villa Somalia on Sunday, including the main opposition candidates in the presidential election, including former heads of state Sheikh Sharik Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Besides the usual photography, its aim was to respond to their collective rejection of

the current electoral process

, which they described as “

opaque and chaotic

” last week.

This process, via an indirect electoral vote, must lead to the election of the new President of the Republic by the parliamentarians.

From the start, they claim that

President Farmajo

filled the election commissions of his allies.

But the Prime Minister also intended to respond to the requirement of “

full transparency

” formulated by 

Somalia's “

international partners

” on Friday.

No significant announcements were made after the meeting.

Faced with the demand to suspend and restart the entire process, the Prime Minister simply committed to "

transparency

" and "

fairness

".

He also said he took into account the opposition's complaints.

But later, two elections in Galmudug and Southwest states, where relatives of President Farmajo were elected, were suspended by the litigation committee.

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