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Somalia’s Jubaland parliament to elect new President

MOGADISHU – Somalia’s international partners have called for the fair and credible presidential election of the semi-autonomous region of Jubaland.

In a statement seen by Mareeg Online said the international partners have engaged all stakeholders in Jubaland to encourage them to reach agreement on a single electoral process that is credible, inclusive, fair and peaceful.

We are concerned that in the absence of such agreement, the likelihood of instability and division within Jubaland is significantly increased.

Somali partners also called on all stakeholders to avoid any actions that could cause violence.

The partners said the maintaining peace and stability in Jubaland is crucial its state and Somalia’s national political, security, economic and development priorities.

Somalia’s Jubaland state lawmakers are expected to head Thursday’s vote to elect a president of the semi-autonomous region.

The outgoing President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe is seeking another term while the federal Somali government said it would not recognize the result of the election.

On Wednesday, the current leadership also imposed a curfew ahead of the election.

The measures include closing Jubaland state’s borders, ordering the closure of the main airport in Kismayo town, some 500km south of the capital, Mogadishu.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline