Somalia leaders slate date to conduct parliamentary polls

Somalia leaders slate date to conduct parliamentary polls [Image: @mohammedabdullahifarmajo/Twitter]
Key Somali leaders finally arrived at a decision that brings hope to the political turmoil facing the country.

This came after a series of consultations with stakeholders last week, chaired by Prime Minister Hussein Roble under the arrangement known as the National Consultative Council (NCC),

The leaders said on Sunday they had struck a deal to wrap up parliamentary elections by February 25, after repeated delays that have threatened the stability of the troubled country.

“The ongoing election of the House of the People (lower house) will be completed between the periods of January 15 and February 25, 2022,” said a statement issued after the talks in the capital Mogadishu.

The committee which includes Roble as chair and the five federal presidents of Puntland, Jubbaland, Hirshabelle, South West, and Galmudug state reset the electoral program for the country, will stabilize the country’s economy and end tension.

Also in the meeting was the governor of Benadir, the metropolitan region that also includes Mogadishu.

During the three days of consultations, the Council engaged the civil society, opposition leaders, and the international community.

It agreed on an 18-point declaration that could ease uncertainties over the elections in the country.

Roble and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known by his nickname Farmajo, have long been at loggerheads over the long-delayed elections, with fears their squabbling could erupt into violence.

Voting follows a complex indirect model, whereby state legislatures and clan delegates pick lawmakers for the national parliament, who in turn choose the president.