UN envoy, Somalia’s Jubbaland leader discuss political crisis in state

Jubbaland regional state president Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe today received a delegation from the international community led by the United Nations Special Representative to Somalia, James Swan, who was accompanied by IGAD officials, AMISOM force commanders and other members.

The Jubbaland president was also accompanied in the meeting by his vice-president and the state’s ministers of interior and security.

The meeting discussed the Jubbaland election process and how to hold a free and fair election to avoid anything that can cause chaos and insecurity in the region.

The UN envoy, James Swan, asked the Jubbaland government to allow opposition candidates to register and participate in the elections and to amend the criteria for candidates running for the Jubbaland presidency.

For his part, Jubbaland president Ahmed Madobe told members of the international community that he has no authority to change the election schedule and that it is the role of the Jubbaland independent electoral commission to take such a decision.

Finally, it was agreed that they will all wait for the final response of the Jubbaland polls body on the way forward for the region’s electoral process.

The visit of the delegation from the international community to Kismayo comes after Ethiopian intelligence officials on Thursday left Kismayo to Mogadishu after Jubbaland leaders rejected the same demands on the state’s election.

The Jubbaland Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission yesterday amended the election schedule, with the Jubbaland presidential election set to be held on 19th August.