Somalia Marks 62 Years of Independence Amid deep divisions and Challenges
When the election is completed, the 54-member Senate and the 275 Lower House members will hold a joint session in Mogadishu to elect a new president maybe later in 2022, per the KON source.
Aid agencies say the number of needy Somalis is set to increase as the impact of drought continues to grip most parts of the country as the rivers dried up and the people, mainly children started to die.
The Special Representative said that, since his last briefing in November 2021, election plans – first agreed earlier that year – have progressed considerably.
Ridley has been visiting some of the worst affected areas in the country in recent weeks. Speaking from Mogadishu, he said shallow wells are starting to dry up, increasing demand on deep wells.
The conflict has forced more than 100,000 people, mostly women and children, to flee from their homes to outside villages, facing severe water shortages and drought conditions.
The top UN delegation has paid a visit to the southern port city of Kismayo on Tuesday for talks with president Ahmed Madobe of Jubaland.
The country is preparing for the Lower House election, which is the most important vote which culminates the long journey for the formation of a new government.
James Swan iyo Wakiilka Midowga Afrika ayaa khudbado u jeedin doona, iyagoo ka warbixinaya xaaladda hadda ay Soomaaliya ku jirto.
The mission was established in June 2013 by the UN Security Council in support of the Federal Government of Somalia.
Swan urged Somali leaders to find solutions in good faith and demonstrate the leadership required at what he described as a “historic moment” for the country.
The conference will focus on the contentious issues surrounding the implementation of the Sep 17 poll agreement, including the stalemate on who will run the Gedo election and the biased electoral team.
The talks between Swan and Madobe covered the wider political situation in Somalia, including the deadlock over elections amid ongoing efforts to bring the parties together to agree on a way forward.