The Secretary-General of the United Nations on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Lower House of the Federal Parliament of Somalia to annul a special law and return to the Electoral Agreement of September 17 that will allow indirect presidential and parliamentary elections.
NEW YORK, USA, May 4, 2021, – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – In a statement issued by his spokesman, Secretary General António Guterres reiterated his call to all Somali stakeholders to “resume dialogue immediately and forge a consensual agreement on holding inclusive elections without further delay ”.
“[The Secretary-General] highlights the importance of a broad consensus for the stability of the country, “the statement added.
The “Special Law on Federal Elections” was approved by the lower house in April, allowing the extension of the mandate of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed for a period of two years, after the term officially ended in February.
The extension sparked clashes between government and opposition supporters in the capital Mogadishu, as well as other parts of the country, amid concerns that the extremist group al Shabaab could exploit the divisions, according to media reports.
Reports also said that tens of thousands of people fled their homes in fear for their safety after the violence.
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