The UN Security Council is holding an urgent meeting on Somalia’s election crisis
NEW York, USA | UN Security Council [UNSC] on Monday night, a crisis meeting was held over the current electoral support in Somalia, in what could once again define the country’s future, following a stalemate triggered by the inability of both parties to reach an agreement.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General James Swan and the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] Chief Francisco Madeira briefed the Council, which often holds emergency meetings in times of crisis, especially on security and integration issues.
Earlier, the union of 15 presidential candidates in Somalia had written to the council calling for the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to be investigated and even ruled after the following screenings that shook Mogadishu on Friday.
In his remarks, Swan stated that Farmajo’s legitimacy after the end of his term was a major problem, given that several stakeholders have never appreciated a resolution in parliament that gave him an extension of his term. In addition, the envoy sent protests in Mogadishu and the use of live bullets, adding that it was not healthy for the country.
He insisted that there is a need for stakeholders to meet and iron out the issues of the country’s stability, adding that international partners would not allow parallel or partial elections in the country, given the current political unrest.
In view of this worrying dead end, I have been working closely in recent days, together with other regional and international partners, to engage FGS and FMS leaders, key politicians and civil society representatives to call for a way forward based on: dialogue and compromise in the national interest.
“The message from partners has been clear that there should be no partial elections, no parallel processes and no unilateral actions by Somali leaders. Such approaches would only lead to greater fragmentation and the risk of confrontation,” Swan said.
The international partners, he noted, would push for the implementation of the preliminary agreement signed on September 17 last year by several stakeholders, claiming that it provides a clear path to the election. The partners insist that the agreement would prevent the current dead end
“Let me be clear: I am still convinced that the consensus-based 17 September model offers the best available option to move quickly to an election process for the selection of MEPs, senators and the president,” he said.
“This would minimize further delays in Somalia’s four-year transition cycle, ensure that elected national leaders have a clear mandate and are generally accepted, and allow the country to divert its attention from current political competition to other important national priorities in the interest of the people.”
On Monday, outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi asked Farmajo Northeastern State and Jubaland to attend the ongoing stakeholder meeting, which only includes the leadership of Hirshabelle, Galmadug and Southwest. The other two states have raised several issues, including the regime’s failure to recognize the passing of its constitutional mandate.