Somali PM leads talks ahead of Galmudug elections
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has been leading regional consultative talks, ahead of Galmudug state presidential election leadership, amid potential political disputes.
The consultative meeting between Mr. Khaire and Ahlu Suna spiritual leaders has been ongoing in Dhusamareb town for the last couple days without the presence of Galmudug state president Ahmed Du’alle Guelleh.
Mr. Khaire says his arrival was to join the peace process to end the political conflicts in the region and support Galmudug for holding fair and credible presidential electing.
He says Galmudug elections would be held in Dhusmareb town, while speaking to hundreds of people in the town.
But, President Guelleh, who is Adado town says he would conduct elections on time in Adado if Federal government could accept his decision.
Guelleh said he would also launch a reconciliation process in his regional administration after longstanding disagreements with the central government based in Mogadishu.
“The election of Galmudug must take place in Adado. I will not accept the election to be taking place somewhere else”, he said.
The political crisis emerged a week after the Somali government called on Galmudug state for holding a timely, fair and credible election.
In a statement seen by Mareeg Online urged Galmudug state to hold regional elections on time, while adding the mandate for current leadership Guelleh would expire in 2 weeks time on July 4.
Somali MP Sakariye Kashan accused Federal government of interfering Galmudug regional state administration.
Hon. Kashan also blamed on Federal government of creating hostility between Ahlu Suna spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir and Galmudug state president Ahmed Du’alle Guelleh.
In 2017, the leaders of Galmudug state and Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) ended of political deadlock by signing a power-sharing agreement in Mogadishu.
The two leaders inked the 14-point agreement after a ceremony was hosted by Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was held in Mogadishu.
The ceremony was also attended by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and his premier, cabinet members, and other high-level government officials and international partners to witness the agreement.