NEW YORK, 22 April 2021 – The UN Security Council has called on Somalia’s opposition, federal and regional governments to seek a compromise in order to organize elections.
Parties to the negotiations abandoned the table of negotiations after Somalia’s parliament passed a controversial bill signed into law by the Somali president extending his expired presidential term by another two years.
Meeting Wednesday, members of the Security Council also threw their weight behind a proposal by the African Union (AU) to mediate in the negotiations.
The Security Council is in support of an agreement reached last September under which clan elders would select delegates to an electoral college that would, in turn, choose federal lawmakers who would then pick a president.
The plan unraveled after the leaders of two regional and semi-autonomous states rejected it outrightly.
Earlier this week, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed aka Farmaajo called on the AU chairperson to mediate in the talks.
The Somali president made the appeal in Kinshasa during a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) whose president, Felix Tshisekedi, holds the rotating presidency of the continental body.
Farmaajo’s term of office expired last February 8 and the opposition and two regional states consider his continued hold on power as illegitimate.