Somali opposition party welcomes regional leaders’ statement on elections

The opposition Wadajir Party has welcomed the outcome of the 11-13 July Dusamareb Conference that brought together the presidents of the five regional states in Somalia.

In a press release published on its Twitter handle and Facebook page, the party said the conference’s outcome has reinforced the position previously taken by the political stakeholders that the country should hold a timely, agreed upon and peaceful election.

“The Wadajir Party welcomes the outcome of the Federal Member States’ Conference which was held on 11-13 July in Dusamareb. The outcome of the conference reinforces the previous position taken by the government and the political parties that the country should hold a timely, agreed upon and peaceful election,” the party said in its statement.

The party also backed the leaders of Somalia’s regional governments in their rejection of term extension for the constitutional office holders.

“All political stakeholders equally agree on the danger of term extension and creating uncertainty on the management of the country’s political transition,” the statement added.

The opposition party, led by outspoken politician Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, called on President Farmajo “to support the outcome of the conference” and also urged the international community to support any electoral model that the Somali political stakeholders will agree upon “in order to avoid a constitutional vacuum, insecurity and political instability in the country.”

In a communique issued after a two-day meeting in the central town of Dusamareb, the leaders of Puntland, Galmudug, South West, Hirshabelle and Jubbaland regional states called for an agreed upon and inclusive electoral model and affirmed their rejection of term extension for the current government and parliament.

The leaders also called for a meeting with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre in Dusamareb to discuss the election and other outstanding issues.