Somalia, AU in deadlock over envoy’s expulsion

The opposition stated that they fully support the Prime Minister's efforts to finalize the elections in Somalia which are more than one year behind the schedule due to the endless political disputes.

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Somalia, AU in deadlock over envoy’s expulsion

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Union of Somali Presidential Candidates has expressed grave concern over the remarks made by the chairperson of the African Union, who rejected the decision by the Prime Minister to expel the AU Special Representative to Somalia, Francisco Madeira.

The Union of Candidates says Article 97 of the Somali constitution stipulates that the prime minister is the head of the government and that no one can overturn the decisions of his office.

The opposition Candidates called on the African Union to nominate a new, credible representative who could improve relations between Somalia and the African Union and be neutral in Somalia's internal affairs.

The opposition stated that they fully support the Prime Minister's efforts to finalize the elections in Somalia which are more than one year behind the schedule due to the endless political disputes.

The statement comes hours after Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson has rejected PM Roble's move to declare Francisco Madeira, the AU envoy a persona non grata for acts incompatible with his status.

Read the statement of the opposition below. 

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