Somalia Electoral Talks Break Down

Mogadishu (PP News Desk) — The Federal Minister for Information Osman Dubbe accused Puntland and Jubaland Presidents of derailing the electoral talks finalise the 17 September 2020 and Baidoa Recommendations.

The Federal Information Minister Osman Dubbe: “Puntland and Jubaland Presidents are not committed to elections.”

“Jubaland and Puntland President are not committed to elections based on 17 September Agreement. They demanded that the Federal Parliament should cease functioning as a legislative body and that President of Somalia should transfer his constitutional powers” said Dubbe.

Puntland Information Minister: “The electoral talks have broken down”.

Puntland Information Minister Abdullahi Ali Hersi held a press conference in Mogadishu earlier in the afternoon and rejected the claim that “the talks have failed”. “Puntland and Jubaland are believe the talks have not failed” said Hersi.

President Deni: “Talks have broken down over the conference agenda.”

Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni told VOA Somali Service that “the talks broke down over the agenda of the conference”.

Puntland and Jubaland are seeking an unprecedented wider participation in the talks for politicians who are not classed as stakeholders and were not a party to the electoral agreement.  Hirshabelle, Galmudug, and South West Presidents, and Banadir Governor insisted on the obligation to honour the 17 September Agreement  to finalise agreement on the electoral model in line with Baidoa Recommendations.

The International Crisis Group called for a third party mediation despite the Federal Government of Somalia making concessions to Puntland and Jubaland after the two Federal Member States demanded abrogation of the Electoral Law to return to indirect elections agreement in place of one person, one vote elections.

© Puntland Post, 2021