PM Roble tells UN elections to proceed as planned
Long-delayed Somalia's elections will go ahead as planned, Somali premier Mohamed Hussein Roble has told UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during a meeting in Mogadishu. In a statement, the premier said he also discussed political developments, and the way forward in conducting credible elections leading to a peaceful and legitimate transition of power. “I held a vital meeting with Deputy SG of the UN Amina Mohamed on Somalia elections, political developments and way forward in conducting credible elections leading to peaceful and legitimate transition of power. I thank the UN family for the unwavering support towards Somalia,'' PM Roble said in a statement. The Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the country’s parliamentary elections as an opportunity to build on the progress made in women’s political participation and emphasized that women’s full inclusion in all sectors of society will contribute to greater resilience, peace, and stability. “Prime Minister Roble and other members of the NCC have shown great leadership and commitment to advance women’s political participation, including through specific measures such as decreasing fees for women candidates and appointing Goodwill Ambassadors and Champions to advocate for greater inclusion. It will also be important to agree on a specific mechanism on how exactly the commitment of a minimum 30 per cent quota will be achieved in the upcoming elections,” the Deputy Secretary-General said.