African Union (AU) to meet over Somalia’s situation

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African Union (AU) will today hold meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss Somalia’s political situation barely two days after president Farmajo invited the continental bloc to intervene in the situation.

In a twitter post, the bloc said it will be engaging from 10 am East African Time

“African Union Peace and Security Council will hold a meeting tomorrow Thursday 22 April 2021, at 10:00am EAT on the situation in Somalia,” the body said.

The meeting comes amid the political crisis in the horn of Africa nation has escalated following the government’s term extension approved by Somalia’s Lower House members mid this month.

The members had extended the term of the parliament and president Mohamed Abdullahi by two year in which the government was directed to hold elections by universal suffrage.

According to the resolution which was later signed into law by president Farmajo dropped 17th September deal between the federal government and its member states, owing that the leaders failed to implement the government and lead the nation towards commonly agreed elections.

The move vehemently opposed by the international community as well as the opposition leaders including two former Somali presidents.

UN security council meeting on Wednesday urged Somali leaders to return to negotiating table to resolve their difference and implement the 17-Sep deal.

Early this week, during a meeting with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Felix Tshisekedi who is also chairperson of AU in Kishasa town, President Farmajo said he was willing to negotiate with stakeholders in Somalia’s political crisis in order to find a solution.

Farmajo said the federal government of Somalia welcomes the AU to facilitate the talks.

“With regards to #Somalia’s efforts to hold peaceful, inclusive, and timely elections, (Farmajo’s) government would welcome the role of the AU in facilitating a Somali-led and Somali-owned engagement process that would lead to dialogue,” The Ministry said on Twitter.

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