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US says Somalia must complete elections by end of 2021

Mogadishu (HOL) – The US government has called on Somalia to complete elections by the year’s end.

Bureau of African Affairs, a division of the US State Department, tweeted that the message was delivered to Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Abdirizak.
“Delighted to receive Somali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Abdrizak today at the State Department, where I stressed that NCC Somalia must complete elections this year and Pres Farmajo and PM Roble need to resolve their dispute quickly. The US remains committed to Somalia’s peace, security, and prosperity.”

Min Abdirizak confirmed that he met with US officials, saying he had a “productive meeting” with the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mary Phee.

“We discussed Somalia’s progress toward ongoing elections and the region. The US remains a committed partner to Somalia’s peace, security & prosperity.”

Somalia missed its latest deadline to hold elections this week, scheduled for Oct 10th and has not set a new date.

“Everyone sees there will be a delay in the presidential elections,” federal government spokesman Mohamed Ibrahim said on Tuesday. “The specified date will not be met

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