US Imposes Sanctions On Somali Leaders As The Country Misses Poll Deadline
The US has imposed sanctions on Somali leaders accused of delaying the ongoing elections in the country. The US government on Friday said it has banned Somali officials and individuals from travelling to the United States, accusing them of "undermining the democratic process" in Somalia. ''Following the failure to meet another self-established deadline of February 25 for completion of parliamentary elections, the National Consultative Council extended the deadline to March 15,'' ''Dozens of parliamentary seats are still unfilled and there is no clear plan to conclude the process. We are now imposing visa restrictions under this policy against a number of Somali officials and other individuals to promote accountability for their obstructionist actions.,'' the statemet added. The United States has not released the names on the Visa Restricted list, and it is not yet known why. The statement came as the country missed the parliamentary elections deadline and weeks after The US said that it will start issuing targeted sanctions against people obstructing parliamentary elections. Somalia has a clan-based electoral system and 101 elders are chosen by their clans to represent the public in parliament. Those elders then vote to choose a president.