Somali president, Galmudug leader discuss election issues

Galmudug State President Ahmed Abdi Kariye (Qor Qor) held a meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on 6 January 2021.

The Galmudug leader has been hosting both officials from the presidency and opposition parties, including the president of Jubbaland state Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Ahmed Madobe).

Sources close to the meeting said the issue of Gedo, the biggest obstacle to the elections, was discussed, and it was agreed that Ahmed Madobe would be persuaded to participate in the electoral process by resolving the issue.

Disagreements between the central government and opposition parties, as well as the states of Puntland and Jubbaland, have forced a delay of the election.

The Galmudug leader is believed to be attempting to end the row, with both sides of the political divide appearing to accept him as a mediator.