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Somali PM pledges free and fair elections
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Somali PM pledges free and fair elections

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Roble has pledged to lead the country towards a free and fair election after the Somali parliament rolled back two year extension term. The Prime Minister said in a video message on Saturday he is committed to ensuring the upcoming elections are conducted in a free and fair manner. “I want to reassure the Somali people, the Federal Member States, politicians and all political stakeholders that we are committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country, without infringing upon anyone’s rights,” the prime minister said. He also urged the federal member's states to work with him to ensure free and fair elections takes place in the country. ''I will soon invite them to attend the National Consultative Forum to finalize the electoral process in line with the Sept 17 and Feb 16 Pacts,'' The PM’s remarks follow after the Somali lawmakers voted unanimously on Saturday to cancel a two-year presidential term extension they had approved last month. The term extension was approved by the lower house last month but rejected by the Senate, provoking the crisis that has intensified in the past week.