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Somali leaders agree on election model, but Qatari linked MPs may not endorse it

Somali leaders agree on election model, but Qatari linked MPs may not endorse it

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed along with three state leaders and the mayor of Mogadishu have finally agreed on the country’s election model following days of discussions in the central town of Dhusamareb.

According to a statement issued after the summit in the administrative capital of Galmadug state,each Caucus of 303 delegates will elect an MP who will get a seat in the parliament.Each federal state will have at least three caucuses which will elect MPs for the Lower House.These MPs will in turn elect a President.

The representatives will be designated jointly by national and federal state electoral institutions. The agreement arrived from nearly two months of uncertainty and it also means that Somalia will not have shortest elections as earlier thought.

The deal still has to be approved by the Somali Parliament, House of the People, and it may not endorse the agreement due to the connection of the Rare sentatives with the Qatari regime.

The leaders Mohamed Abdi Waare from Hirshabelle,Ahmed Abdi Karie from Galmudug and Abdiaziz Hassan Laftagareen from South West signed the document alongside Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo. The Mayor of Benadir region which covers Mogadishu metropolis, Omar Mohamud Mohamed ‘Filish’, also endorsed the agreement.

Puntland autonomous region and Jubaland state leaders did not attend the latest talks on the election as the country remains mired in political turmoil since Somalia’s parliament ousted former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in July.

“Tonight, in Dhusamareb, I have reached an agreement on elections with federal member states and the Banadir region which I hope will lead the country to a fair and timely election.

I invite brothers who were absent during the process to join us,” Somali President Farmaajo said through Twitter on Thursday night.The seats of the legislators from breakaway Somali land will be held in an indirect voting, known as Doorasho dadban. That means the voting will not be held in their regional constituencies but will be held in assigned area such as in the capital Mogadishu.

While supporters of Somali land, who declared their zone independent from the rest of Somalia in 1991, have always claimed that they have nothing to do with Mogadishu, the government of Somalia insists that Somali land is part of its jurisdiction and must have its representation in the federal parliament.

The Forum for National Parties, an opposition alliance headed by former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has accused the current Government of failing to lead the country to a one man one vote election, calling on international institutions for observers to attend the next meeting.

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