UN chief welcomes Somali agreement on elections

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– (Xinhua/NAN) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on welcomed the agreement reached by the Somali federal government and federal states on the implementation of the Sept. 17, 2020 electoral model as an outcome of the summit convened by Mohamed Roble.

Guterres urged all stakeholders to swiftly implement the new agreement as a critical step toward the holding of a consensual and transparent electoral without delays, said Stephane Dujarric, the secretary-general’s spokesman, in a statement.

’s agreement would allow elections within 60 days.

Guterres reiterated the importance of dialogue and consensus to resolve any issues that arise during the implementation of the new agreement.

He called for the swift establishment of credible election management bodies at the federal and state levels to conduct the .

The secretary-general reiterated the commitment of the Nations to supporting the people and government of Somalia in the implementation of the Sept. 17 electoral model and the holding of a timely electoral , said the statement.

Under the Sept. 17, 2020 agreement between the federal government and five of the federal states, verified clan elders would elect a , which would then elect a president.

The parliamentary elections were scheduled for Dec. 1, 2020, but were delayed.

A crisis emerged after the presidential term of office expired on Feb. 8, 2021.

Somalia’s lower of passed a bill on April 12 to extend the terms of the executive and legislative arms of the federal government by two years, deepening the crisis that later erupted into fighting between government forces and those backing the opposition.

The lower voted on 1 to annul the April 12 bill and to to the Sept. 17, 2020 model. (Xinhua/NAN)