New Round Of Crucial Talks Kicks Off In Mogadishu
A new round of talks aimed at resolving the electoral impasse in Somalia has kicked off in Mogadishu. Mohamed Moalimuu, the government spokesman, said Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has officially opened the consultative meeting bringing together all leaders of the five federal member states to help break the impasse which has delayed holding elections. ''Somalia Prime Minister HE Mohamed Hussein Roble chairs the National Consultative Conference,'' Moalimuu said. The meeting between the government side led by Prime Minister Roble and regional leaders from Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Puntland, Jubaland and Southwest state to aid finalize the Sept. 17, 2020, electoral model that was agreed by the government and five leaders of the federal member states. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on April 27 assigned Roble the task of leading talks on the electoral process. The Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC), an umbrella body representing presidential candidates called for the talks to be more inclusive to end differences and reach a consensus concerning the election process. Somalia was expected to hold its elections last year but the leaders of the federal government and regional state had disagreed over the electoral process after a series of talks in Dhusamareb the headquarters of Galmudug state and in Mogadishu.