MOGADISHU, Somalia – Turkey, one of Somalia’s biggest stakeholders, has raised a number of concerns about the current electoral support, arguing that the country could erode some of the gains made so far if the parties do not reach an agreement on the crisis before the election.
Over the past five months, Somalia’s stakeholders have failed to reach an agreement on elections, which has worried a number of international partners, who have been investing in the Horn of Africa for a couple of years, throughout the civil war.
In a statement, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said: “We are concerned about the recent negative developments arising from the dispute over the electoral process in Somalia.” This was the first major statement from the current crisis in Turkey, a major partner for Somalia.
Ankara said stakeholders including the federal government and federal states should have an urgent meeting and resolve the stalemate. The dialogue, Turkey said, should be built so that no party feels altered or disregarded throughout the process.
“It is important that all parties act with common sense by avoiding actions that could lead to violence, and that the federal government and the leaders of the federal member states come together and try to resolve disputes through an inclusive and constructive dialogue based on the agreement. September 2020, “read the statement.
“We believe that the friendly and fraternal people of Somalia have the will and the political maturity to decide their own future. In this context, we hope that agreement will be reached on the electoral process on the basis of mutual understanding without further delay.”
However, Rashid Abdi, an analyst on the Horn of Africa’s political and security issues, believes that Turkey should take the blame for the current political duels in Somalia. He says Turkey has trained and equipped a number of security officials who are used to unleash innocent civilians.
“I defended Turkey in Somalia for many years, saw how much it was loved, remarkable things it has done. Now I see a dark side. Turkey trained, equipped the special units Farmajo to project coercion, consolidate the dictatorship. Ankara can not liberate itself from debt, he notes.
On Sunday, the Somali government asked the United Arab Emirates to apologize for referring to the Farmajo administration as an “interim government” in addition to claiming that Mogadishu used excessive force against protesters. Osman Dubbe, information minister, said the government was waiting for an apology.