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UN Security Council urges Somalia to end electoral “deadlock”

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on the Somali authorities to resolve the “current impasse” linked to the electoral process as quickly as possible, following an urgently called closed meeting.

In a declaration drafted by the United Kingdom and adopted unanimously by the 15 members of the Council, the latter calls on “Somali leaders to meet as soon as possible to resolve the outstanding issues on the basis of the agreement of 17 September ”on an electoral process. It is “in the interest of all Somalis to ensure that inclusive elections take place as soon as possible,” the Council statement insists.

Motivated by the electoral blockage, the Council meeting was requested by Ireland, the United Kingdom, Estonia, France, Norway and the United States.

Political dissensions prevent the calling of elections

In a meeting with media, British Ambassador to the UN, Barbara Woodward, stressed that “the electoral process in Somalia is at a critical stage”. During the meeting, the UN envoy for Somalia, James Swan, argued that “the situation regarding the electoral process in Somalia requires urgent attention,” she added.

The United Kingdom once again calls on “the federal government of Somalia and the federated member states to quickly reach an agreement on the implementation of the electoral process based on the model agreed on September 17,” she said.

Somalia was due to hold elections before February 8, the date of the end of the term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as “Farmajo”, but the country failed to organize them due to political dissension. A coalition of opposition candidates has since judged the illegitimate president and called for his resignation.

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