MOGADISHU, 12 February 2021 – Somalia’s President Abdullahi Farmaajo has called a meeting for Monday next week to resolve the impasse over elections in the country.
President Farmaajo’s office tweeted Wednesday to confirm the meeting expected to hold in Garowe, Puntland.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the president, Mohamed Moalimu, said the meeting will help end political uncertainty in the country.
Farmaajo’s term ended Monday and officials in at least two autonomous regions – Jubbaland and Puntland – have said he is no longer a legitimate president.
Said Abdullahi Deni, the president of Puntland, the region where the federal government plans to hold next Monday’s meeting, has instead called for the meeting to be held in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mogadishu is better placed as it will allow the “participation of foreign missions, political stakeholders and international partners,” Abdullahi Deni added.
Somalia missed the deadline of last February 8 to hold elections due to serious disagreements between regional and federal governments.
The states and opposition parties have called for the setting up of a transitional council to lead the country until elections are held.
Earlier talks were in session until last February 5 when they collapsed.