Somali opposition begin mediation over poll dispute at PM request

After meeting them separately in Mogadishu before his departure to Kenya on Tuesday, PM Roble promised that he will accept any solution the mediators will come up with that helps end the rift.

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Somali opposition begin mediation over poll dispute at PM request

MOGADISHU, Somalia - After all his efforts flopped, Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble has asked heavy-weight and influential political leaders to mediate in the bitter dispute between outgoing Senate speaker and deputy PM Mahdi Guled.

Roble tasked former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as well as Wadajir Party Leader Abdirahman Abdishakur with resolving the deadlock over Somaliland electoral committee.

After meeting them separately in Mogadishu before his departure to Kenya on Tuesday, PM Roble promised that he will accept any solution the mediators will come up with that helps end the rift.

Sources privy to the mediation efforts revealed to Keydmedia Online that Guled assured to compromise to his rival side to move out of the long-running dispute that further delays Somalia’s house election.

Hashi, the oldest politician from the north in the Somali government had been calling for a neutral electoral body that could lead a free and fair election for the parliamentary seats allocated to Somaliland.

The rivalry led to the division of the 11-member poll team into two sides, each electing leadership in Mogadishu, a problem that resulted from Roble’s failure in the mediation.

Abdi Hashi has repeatedly accused the prime minister of being biased and collaborating with Farmajo in hijacking Somaliland seats as he counts on them for his re-election win.

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