Somali opposition leader says Galmudug political stakeholders ‘sidelined’

Outspoken Somali opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has faulted a statement issued at the end of the Galmudug state reconciliation conference, which was concluded on 16 September.

A statement on Warsame’s facebook page accused the federal government of sidelining major political stakeholders in the region.

“The role of the Galmudug political stakeholders has been completely removed. The sidelined stakeholders include the Galmudug administration, the Hobyo [peace] meeting leaders, Ahlu Sunnah and candidates running [for the presidency of Galmudug]. Instead, the federal government, which is part of the competition for the Galmudug presidency, intends to exclusively run the entire electoral process by itself,” he said.

Yesterday, several political parties in the country, including Warsame’s Wadajir party, issued a joint statement denouncing federal government’s “schemes” to hijack the electoral process in Galmudug.

They took issue with a number of resolutions that came out of the conference, including one that appear to give the federal government authority to set the criteria for elections of legislators, the parliament speaker and the president in Galmudug.

The Galmudug reconciliation conference was aimed at establishing an inclusive administration for the Galmudug regional state following the end of term for the current administration.

Incumbent President Ahmed Duale Haaf had previously said that he will not seek a second term.