Int'l partners call for urgent completion of electoral process
Somalia's international partners have called for urgent completion of the election hours after Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo welcomed the outcome of the National Consultative Council meeting held in Mogadishu. In a statement issued Tuesday in Mogadishu, the international partners have called for the rapid completion of a credible electoral process. ''We call on all Somali political leaders to put the national interest first, prioritize the conclusion of an electoral process broadly accepted by Somalia’s people, and avoid provocations that may distract from that process and increase the risk of confrontation or even violence,'' the statement read. They called on the Somali leaders to ensure that security forces are not used as political instruments. ''It is time for all Somali leaders to focus on the rapid implementation of agreed decisions so that a credible electoral process can be concluded by 25 February,'' the statement added. Among the partners included African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, European Union (EU), Finland, France, Germany, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, League of Arab States (LAS), Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey among others.