UK won’t support partial or parallel polls in Somalia or automatic extension of Farmaajo regime

UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge and Somali Prime Minister, Mohamed Hussein Roble/ GOV.UK

The UK will not support actions that lead to a partial or parallel electoral process, or an automatic extension of previous mandates, UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge has said.

In a statement on Saturday, Duddridge said the UK underlines the urgent need for Somali leaders to come together and reach consensus on implementing the electoral process, according to the model agreed on September 17 and the recommendations of the February 16 Baidoa Technical Committee.

“In the interests of the Somali people, and our collective interests in the security, development and growth of Somalia, we call on Somalia’s leaders to overcome the deadlock, engage in constructive dialogue and hold inclusive and credible elections as soon as possible,” he said.

On March 24, UK envoy to Somalia Kate Foster said Consensus and implementation of the September 17 electoral model is the only way forward.

“United Kingdom and international partners are clear, we will not support initiatives that lead to a partial or parallel electoral process or extension of prior mandates,” Foster said.

During his last visit to Mogadishu in December 2020, Duddridge committed to Somalia’s long-term security and stability with new UK support worth $29.2 million.

He also met President Mohamed Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohammed Roble and discussed the elections.

He insisted on the importance of timely and inclusive elections, as well as progress on economic and security sector reform.

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