US calls on Somali leadership to resolve ‘dispute’

The United States on Monday (20/9), asked Somalia’s president and prime minister to resolve their “dispute” so as not to further delay the country’s electoral process. The African nation’s presidential election is scheduled for October 10.

“Cooperation among Somali leaders – especially President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble – is critical to ensuring the country quickly completes the ongoing electoral process,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “The dispute between President Farmaajo and Prime Minister Roble risks complicating this process and needs to be resolved urgently and amicably.”

The rivalry between President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmaajo, and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has raised concerns for the country’s stability. The long-running dispute escalated this week when Farmaajo suspended Roble’s executive powers, a move the prime minister rejected as unlawful.

Somalia is due to elect a president on October 10, but bickering between leaders threatens to jeopardize the election, which has been repeatedly delayed and distract from efforts to confront a long-running Islamist insurgency. [ka/ps]

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