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Puntland Rejects Poll Talks, Demands Mediators
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Puntland Rejects Poll Talks, Demands Mediators

Puntland State Information Minister Abdullahi Ali Hirsi Tima'adde has said that his regional state will not participate in the electoral talks conference if there no external mediators involved. Speaking to BBC Somali service Tima'adde said president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo does not have the power to convene a meeting and his mandate lapsed in February. "The parliament is illegitimate and its term has expired. The president's term has also expired and does not have the power to convene for a conference," said Tima'adde Puntland information minister. He also called on the international partners to bring Somali political leaders together accusing Farmaajo of wanting the ongoing electoral crisis to continue. Incumbent Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo called for elections and a return to dialogue leaders of the two key states which have backed him, Galmudug and Hirshabelle rejected the extension of his mandate and called for elections to be held. Last month the regional state leaders and the federal government failed to resolve the countries election deadlock after days of talks in Mogadishu. The federal government blamed Puntland and Jubaland for the collapse talks.