FGS-FMS meeting to kick off in Mogadishu
The sixth phase of the much-awaited summit of the Somali Federal Government and Federal Member State leaders is expected to start on Monday in Mogadishu. The summit which will be led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will be attended by Mohamed Ali Gudlaawe [HirShabelle], Abdiaziz Lafta-Gareen [Southwest] and Ahmed Kariye Qoor Qoor of Galmadug. Jubbaland and Puntland states rejected to attend the forum claiming that they had not been officially informed of the upcoming meeting to discuss election issues. According to Villa Somalia, the two-day conference will also finalize the recommendations agreed upon by the Technical Committee in Baidoa on 15-16 February 2021. The National Salvation Council, an opposition party, said the president has no constitutional mandate to convene such a meeting but called for a summit where all concerned political stakeholders are represented. AMISOM on Sunday night released a statement saying that it assured the various stakeholders that the necessary security measures have been put in place to ensure a safe environment. The U.S embassy in Somalia also sent a tweet out demanding Somalia's Federal Member State leaders remain in Mogadishu until a path to elections is realized. ''The people of #Somalia want elections now. @SaidAbdullahiDe @PresidentMadobe @MrQoorqoor @AliGuudlaawe @Laftagareen must stay in Mogadishu until an election agreement is reached. Failure is not an option,'' a tweet from the US embassy in Mogadishu read.