Ex-Somalia presidents hold talks with parliament speaker

Former presidents of Somalia Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud are reportedly in a closed-door meeting with the speaker of the Lower House of the Federal Parliament of Somalia, Mohamed Mursal Sheikh Abdirahman.

The two ex-presidents, who currently lead the opposition Forum for National Parties coalition, are expected to discuss the upcoming election and the creation of an enabling environment for the conduct of a free, fair and inclusive election.

The two leaders have been in recent months very critical of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government, accusing it of plotting to delay the election and extend the terms of office for both the president and parliament.

The two former presidents are also expected to meet with the speaker of the Upper House of Parliament, Abdi Hashi Abdullahi.