US expresses 'deep concern' over the electoral impasse in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The United States has warned of an electoral impasse in Somalia, in the midst of the ongoing pre-election stalemate, which was occasioned by the lack of implementation of the September deal, which was signed in Mogadishu.
For several months, the federal government of Somalia has failed to hold elections, despite the constitutional dispensation, which dictates that the term of the current administration elapses after four years.
In a tough warning on Friday, the US said that it's concerned with the security and stability of the country, adding that there is an urgent need for the Horn of Africa nation to reconcile with the matter, arguing that it's time to move forward.
"The United States is deeply concerned by the electoral impasse in Somalia, which is creating political uncertainty that threatens security, stability, and development in the country," read the statement.
"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."
There have been efforts to unite the country for several months now but none has been successful, raising concerns about the next step in the country, which has been dealing with turmoil for several months now.
The violence, the US adds, could affect the current political landscape in the country, adding that Somalia has no option but to carry out parliamentary and presidential elections, which have been long overdue.
"The current impasse undermines progress made to date, delays reforms urgently needed for Somalia to continue on the path to full debt relief and hinders the fight against terrorism. The United States supports the right of Somali citizens to protest peacefully and firmly opposes the use of violence by any party," added the statement.
"We urge Somalia’s leaders to safeguard the country’s future and find an agreement to immediately conduct parliamentary and presidential elections."