- US Urges Somalia to Immediately Conduct Parliamentary, Presidential Elections - Blinken
US Urges Somalia To Immediately Conduct Parliamentary, Presidential Elections - Blinken
Muhammad Irfan 23 days ago Fri 19th March 2021 | 10:34 PM
The United States is urging Somalia's leaders to promptly hold presidential and parliamentary elections, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Friday
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th March, 2021) The United States is urging Somalia's leaders to promptly hold presidential and parliamentary elections, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement on Friday.
"We call on Somalia's Federal and member state leaders to set aside narrow political objectives, uphold their responsibilities to the people of Somalia, and agree to immediately hold transparent and inclusive elections," he said. "The United States supports the right of Somali citizens to protest peacefully and firmly opposes the use of violence by any party.
Somalia has been divided since 1991 and the federal government is not in control of large parts of the country that are dominated by militant groups and separatist movements.
The legislative and presidential elections in Somalia were initially scheduled to be held last year but were put off several times due to the coronavirus pandemic and clashes with Islamic militants from the al-Shabab terror group, which is linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization (banned in Russia).
The talks between the central government and all five federal states to organize the presidential election to replace incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed have been stalled since the country passed the February 8 agreed-on election deadline.