World bank and US issue warning over delayed elections in Somalia
US Ambassador to Somalia, Lary André, and World Bank Country Manager, Kristina Svensson, raised concerns that Somalia's successful economic reform agenda could suffer a reversal if a new government is not put in place soon.
In a brief statement on the US Embassy's official Twitter account, the two officials noted that continued international financial support and debt relief for Somalia was at risk.
This comes in the wake of recent warnings by the World Bank that it will suspend its financial support to Somalia by mid-May should the elections fail to be concluded by then.
The US Embassy in Mogadishu's concerns come at a time when nearly 20 members of the Lower House still remain unelected with no clear timelines for the parliamentary speaker and presidential election.
This comes just weeks after the IMF renewed its warning that funding for Somalia could be cut off if the government continues to delay elections.
The polls have been delayed for more than a year and the government on February 26 again extended the voting deadline in the lower house of parliament.