AU, EU, IGAD and UN reaffirm decision not to support parallel or partial elections in Somalia
The International community has expressed serious concern that the political stalemate is impacting negatively on peace, security, stability, and prosperity in and beyond as stalemate over delayed polls is feared to slide the country back to civil war. In a joint statement, The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU); Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) reaffirmed their decision to not support partial or parallel elections. ''We reaffirm decision not to support any parallel process, partial elections, or new initiatives leading to any extension of prior mandates,'' the statement read in part. ''Urge all Somali leaders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any actions that may lead to an escalation of tensions,'' ''We underscore that the 17 September Agreement remains the most viable path towards the holding of elections in the shortest delay possible, and urge the Federal Government and the Federal Member State leaders to review and validate the 16 February 2021 Baidoa Technical Committee.''